Department of History
Arash Khazeni earned a Ph.D. in history from Yale University and joined Pomona College in 2010 following fellowships at the Huntington Library and UCLA. His research is focused on aspects of the environmental and interconnected histories of the modern Middle East, South Asia, and Indian Ocean, including the publications Sky Blue Stone: The Turquoise Trade in World History (University of California Press, 2014) and Tribes and Empire on the Margins of Nineteenth-Century Iran (University of Washington Press, 2010), recipient of the Middle East Studies Association Houshang Pourshariati book award in 2010. His current book, The City and the Wilderness: Indo-Persian Encounters on the Burmese Frontier (University of California Press, forthcoming 2020) explores Persian travel writing on Southeast Asia in late Mughal and early colonial times. An article from this research, “Indo-Persian Travel Writing at the Ends of the Mughal World,” appeared in the journal Past & Present in May 2019.
At Pomona College, he teaches courses on the Middle East, South Asia, and the Indian Ocean in the Department of History and serves as the coordinator of Middle Eastern Studies.