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Pedram Partovi

Assistant Professor Department of History

Pedram Partovi is a historian of the medieval and modern Muslim world. His current research focuses on the mass media as a vehicle for popular "civil religion" in modern Iran. In studying how Iranians have re-worked older courtly and devotional practices to inform modern ideas of the nation, he challenges standard, "top down" accounts of recent Iranian history as an irreconcilable struggle between the forces of radical Islam and secular nationalism. Pedram earned his doctorate with honors from the University of Chicago. He also received undergraduate and graduate degrees from Binghamton University and Washington University in St. Louis, respectively. He previously held a visiting professor position in the Center for Global Islamic Studies at Lehigh University and has taught courses at the University of Michigan, DePaul University, and Columbia College. Pedram has published articles in a number of journals including Visual Anthropology Review, International Journal of Middle East Studies, Iranian Studies, and Comparative Studies of South Asia, Africa, and the Middle East.


Ph.D., 2010, University of Chicago
A.M., 1998, Washington University in St. Louis
B.A., 1995, Binghamton University

Languages Spoken
Persian (near-native fluency), Arabic, Hindi/Urdu, and French (research competency)

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CAS - History
Battelle Tompkins - T-31
Monday & Thursday 3:00-5:00pm
Contact Info
(202) 885-6746 (Office)

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