Middle East Curator
As a subject librarian, I oversee the planning, development, processing, acquisition, management, and public service of collections on all aspects of Middle East Studies. My main task is collecting materials that support the research and teaching needs of scholars working on Iran, Turkey, and all Arabic-speaking countries of the Middle East and North Africa. I am responsible for selecting and acquiring a wide range of resources, including traditional scholarly publications (print and digital), special collections and archival materials, and materials published via emerging forms of scholarly communication.
- Ph.D., History
- M.S., Information
Shadman's Diaries: The Odyssey of a Young Cleric, 1926-1928, bilingual edition (with a preface coauthored by Abbas Milani) (Washington DC: Mage Publishers, 2023).
"A Forgotten Money Heist: The 1746 Mission of Nadir Shah’s Chief Merchant in Russia Revisited," Iran, Journal of the British Institute of Persian Studies (forthcoming in print in 2022).
"Ibn Isfandyār," Encyclopaedia of Islam THREE, 2022-2: 45-48.
"Ahsan al-tavarikh," Encyclopaedia of Islam THREE, 2021-5: 2-5.
"Khorasan X. History in the Safavid and Afsharid Periods," Encyclopaedia Iranica 16,6 (2020): 645-657.
"A Safavid Bureaucrat in the Ottoman World: Mirza Makhdum Sharifi and the Quest for Upward Mobility in the İlmiye Hierarchy," Osmanlı Araştırmaları/Journal of Ottoman Studies 53 (2019): 153-195.
A Chronicle of the Early Ṣafavids and the Reign of Shah Ismāʿīl (907-930/1501-1524). Persian edition with introduction and indexes. New Haven, Conn.: American Oriental Society, 2018.
"Iskandar Beg Munshī," Encyclopaedia of Islam THREE, 2018-3: 74-80.
"Chronicling a Dynasty on the Make: New Light on the Early Safavids in Ḥayātī Tabrīzī’s Tārīkh (961/1554)," Journal of the American Oriental Society 137,4 (2017): 805-832.
"On the Margins of Minority Life: Zoroastrians and the State in Safavid Iran," Bulletin of the School of Oriental and African Studies 80,1 (2017): 45-71.
A Chronicle of the Reign of Shah ʿAbbas (995–1038/1587–1629). Persian text edited by Kioumars Ghereghlou with an introduction by Kioumars Ghereghlou and Charles Melville. 2 vols., Cambridge: Gibb Memorial Trust, 2015.