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College of Arts and Sciences

Seema Golestaneh

Assistant Professor

Department and Program Affiliations:

Near Eastern Studies

Academic focus:

Anthropology of Islam, Literary Cultures, Iran, 20th Century Shi'ism and Sufism, aesthetic and anthropological theory

Current research project:

Chipping away at my book manuscript “Unknowing and the Everyday: Sufism and Knowledge Production in Iran”

Previous positions:

  • Assistant Professor, Department of Central Eurasian Studies, Indiana University Bloomington, 2015-2018
  • Mellon Postdoctoral Fellow, Departments of Anthropology and Religious Studies, Connecticut College 2014-2015

Academic background:

  • PhD, Anthropology, Columbia University 2014
  • BA, Comparative literature, Barnard College 2006

Last book read:

"The Sympathizer" by Viet Thanh Nguyen

In your own time/when not working:

Cooking, running, yoga

Courses you’re most looking forward to teaching:

Shi’ism: Debates and Discourses, Textual Ethnography

What most excites you about Cornell:

Engaging with the vibrant intellectual community and getting to know colleagues from various disciplines