I’m a PhD candidate in the Department of Near Eastern Languages and Civilizations (NELC) at the University of Chicago. I have primarily studied classical Persian literature with Franklin D. Lewis and Iranian and Central Asian history with John E. Woods. Much of my research explores the interplay between political and literary history in Greater Iran during the Timurid and Safavid periods. My dissertation, titled The Lives of Sam Mirza: Dynastic Strife and Literary World-Building in Early Modern Iran, is built around the career and works of a sixteenth-century Safavid prince, who managed to author a valuable anthology of poets (tazkirah) before being imprisoned and executed at the order of his brother. While I devote most of my time to Persian sources, I am also a serious Arabist, and I’ve taught both languages at multiple levels.
Before moving to Chicago, I was an undergraduate at Princeton University, where I was introduced to Persian philology by Michael A. Barry. I spent the 2009–10 academic year (between college and graduate school) in Kabul, working at the American University of Afghanistan.
I also enjoy playing the double bass, including in our University Symphony Orchestra; baking pies; learning about financial markets (as I go through the CFA Program); typography; web and software design; and a range of other hobbies that have probably delayed the completion of my dissertation.
Links to my other relevant online profiles are provided to the left (or above, if you’re viewing this page on a smaller screen). My full résumé/CV is available upon request.
PhD in Near Eastern Languages and Civilizations, 2019 (expected)
University of Chicago
MA in Near Eastern Languages and Civilizations, 2013
University of Chicago
AB in Near Eastern Studies, 2009
I developed this simple web app, which calculates the numerical abjad value of Arabic or Persian text.
My second basic web app allows quick and accurate conversion of dates among the Gregorian, Julian, Islamic, and Persian calendars.
This is a longer-term effort to collect information about important Persian and Turkic anthologies of poets (tazkirahs) in a Google Spreadsheet.
A statement of my teaching philosophy, such as it is, is available upon request.
For the 2017–18 academic year at the University of Chicago, I served as a preceptor in the MA program of the Center for Middle Eastern Studies. This meant, among other things, helping second-year MA students with their final thesis projects. (I held a similar role in the NELC department BA program in 2015–16.)
I also recently led sections of ARAB 10101/2/3: Elementary Arabic and PERS 20101/2/3: Intermediate Persian.
In years past, I have taught the following classes as lecturer:
And I have worked as a teaching assistant in a number of courses, including the following: