Afshin Marashi is Professor and Farzaneh Family Chair in Modern Iranian History at the University of Oklahoma. From 2011-2020 he served as the founding director of the university’s Center for Iranian Studies. He has also served on the editorial board of the International Journal of Middle East Studies (IJMES) and on the council of the Association for Iranian Studies (AIS). Dr. Marashi’s research focuses on the cultural and intellectual history of nineteenth- and twentieth-century Iranian nationalism, in its comparative, transnational, and global contexts. His most recent book, Exile and the Nation: The Parsi Community of India and the Making of Modern Iran (University of Texas Press, 2020), received honorable mention for the Hamid Naficy Iranian Studies Book Award. He is also the author of Nationalizing Iran: Culture, Power, and the State, 1870-1940 (University of Washington Press, 2008) and the co-editor of Rethinking Iranian Nationalism and Modernity (University of Texas Press, 2014). His published work has also appeared in The International Journal of Middle East Studies, The Journal of Persianate Studies, Comparative Studies of South Asia, Africa, and the Middle East, Iranian Studies, and Iran Nameh. Dr. Marashi also serves as the co-editor of the book series, “Connected Histories of the Middle East and the Global South” at the University of Texas Press.
Op-Ed in The Oklahoman on the democracy movement in Iran (October 16, 2022): Iran’s Struggle for Democracy Has a Long History