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Janet Afary


Academic Profile

Janet Afary is a native of Iran and a historian of modern Iran. She has an MA in Linguistics from Tehran University and a PhD in History and Near East Studies from the University of Michigan. Afary holds the Mellichamp Chair in Global Religion and Modernity at the University of California Santa Barbara, where she is a Professor of Religious Studies and Feminist Studies. Afary has also been awarded yearlong fellowships from the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) and the American Council for Learned Societies (ACLS), and was a Keddie-Balzan Fellow in Iranian History at the Department of History, UCLA. She has served as president of the Association for Iranian Studies (AIS-MESA).

Field of Research

Modern Iranian History

Current Position

Mellichamp Professor of Global Religion and Modernity, University of California Santa Barbara