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Kathryn Babayan


Academic Profile

Kathryn Babayan is Associate Professor of Iranian History and Culture at the Department of Near Eastern Studies, and History, University of Michigan. She specializes in the cultural and social histories of early modern Iran. She is the author of Mystics, Monarchs and Messiahs: Cultural Landscapes of Early Modern Iran (2003); co-author of Slaves of the Shah: New Elites of Safavi Iran, with Sussan Babaie, Ina Baghdiantz-McCabe, and Massumeh Farhad (2004). Most recently, together with her colleague Afsaneh Najmabadi, they have co-edited a volume entitled Islamicate Sexualities Studies: Translations Across Temporal Geographies of Desire, (2008). She is currently working on a monograph that explores cultures of literacy and social practice in early modern Isfahan.

She has received a variety of fellowships and has taught as a visiting professor at the Ecole des Hautes Etudes en Science Sociales (Paris, France), Harvard University (Cambridge, MA), and Fudan University (Shanghai, China) as part of a University of Michigan initiative to develop a program in Gender History.

Current Position

Associate Profesor, University of Michigan