As the Curator for Middle East collections, 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 various resources, including traditional scholarly publications (print and digital), special collections and archival materials, and materials published via emerging forms of scholarly communication.
Moreover, I provide a range of public services to Middle Eastern Studies communities at Stanford, including advanced reference and instruction. I promote using Stanford University Libraries' collections and resources through in-person and online outreach activities and collaborate with other curators and selectors to support interdisciplinary collections and services.
Current Role at Stanford
Middle East Curator
History of Education
Literacy and Language
Current Research and Scholarly Interests
I am a historian of late medieval and early modern Iran, and my research interests include historical writing in Persian and Turkish and the history of Iran from 1300 to 1900 CE. My current research projects include a critical study of early modern Persian narrative sources and the local histories and historiographies of eastern (Khorasan and Sistan) and northwestern (Azerbaijan and Shirvan) Iran between 1500 and 1750 CE. As a student of Middle Eastern manuscript cultures, I am also interested in data-driven and digital humanities research projects on non-print materials in Arabic script.