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 early Safavid periods. My dissertation, titled “The Biographies of Sam Mirza,” is built around the life 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.