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Afshin Marashi is the Farzaneh Family Chair in Modern Iranian History at the University of Oklahoma’s Department of International and Area Studies. Since 2011 he has also served as the founding director of the University of Oklahoma’s Farzaneh Family Center for Iranian and Persian Gulf Studies. His research focuses on the cultural and intellectual history of nationalism in nineteenth and twentieth century Iran. His first book, Nationalizing Iran: Culture, Power, and the State, 1870-1940, was published by the University of Washington Press in 2008. He has also co-edited two collections of essays. The first, with Kamran Aghaie, is titled Rethinking Iranian Nationalism and Modernity (University of Texas Press, 2014), and the second, with Mana Kia, is titled After the Persianate, and was published as a special section of the journal Comparative Studies of South Asia, Africa, and the Middle East (2016). He has also published articles in  Iranian Studies, the International Journal of Middle East Studies, the Journal of Persianate StudiesIran-Nameh and others. Dr. Marashi completed his undergraduate degree in Political Science at U.C. Berkeley in 1992, and his PhD in History at UCLA in 2003.

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