Dr. Elham Malekzadeh: 2014 Mellichamp Visiting Scholar

Dr. Elham Malekzadeh: 2014 Mellichamp Visiting Scholar

Dr. Elham Malekzadeh, Associate Professor of History from the Institute for Humanities and Cultural Studies in Tehran, was our Mellichamp Visiting Scholar in Winter and Spring quarters this year. She was hosted by the Iranian Studies Initiative from February through April 2014.  Professor Malekzadeh is the author of a number of books in Persian on the social history of Iran. While in residence, she gave a series of four lectures on “the Religious Policies of Reza Shah Pahlavi (1925-41),” “Shi’i Reformers and Contemporary Muharram Rituals in Iran,”  “Muslim and Armenian women’s NGOs,” and “Russian and Soviet Politics in Iran in WWI.” The last talk was delivered on April 13, at a co-sponsored event hosted by UCLA.  While at residence, Dr. Malekzadeh met with a number of graduate and undergraduate students in Religious Studies, History, and Feminist Studies departments and discussed possible venues for studying Persian at her institute. Our faculty donated close to 100 books to the library of the Institute for Humanities and Cultural Studies.  Negotiations continue to develop future exchanges between her institute and the Department of Religious Studies.