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Robert Williams Term Professor of History: Firoozeh Kashani-Sabet

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April 3, 2012, Volume 58, No. 28

SabetDr. Firoozeh Kashani-Sabet has been appointed to the Robert I. Williams Term Chair in History in the School of Arts & Sciences. A member of the history faculty, Dr. Kashani-Sabet has also been the director of the Middle East Center at Penn since 2006 and teaches courses examining aspects of modern Middle Eastern history, including ethnic and political conflicts, gender and women’s issues, popular culture, diplomatic history, revolutionary ideologies and general surveys.

Dr. Kashani-Sabet earned her PhD in history at Yale University. She is the author of Frontier Fictions: Shaping the Iranian Nation, 1804-1946, which discusses Iranian nationalism and analyzes the significance of land and border disputes. Additionally, Dr. Kashani-Sabet recently completed another book, Conceiving Citizens: Women and the Politics of Motherhood in Iran, and is in the process of completing her latest work which explores the history of US-Iranian relations. Though busy with her academic pursuits, Dr. Kashani-Sabet published her first novel, Martyrdom Street, in 2010.

This Term Chair was established by Paul C. Williams, W’67, PAR’03, in memory of his father. Mr. Williams is currently managing director at Nuveen Investments, LLC, where he leads new product development for Nuveen’s complex of closed-end, exchange-traded funds. Mr. Williams is a Trustee Emeritus of the University, a member of the SAS Board of Overseers and a former president of Penn Alumni. In 2011 he earned the University’s Alumni Award of Merit.

Almanac - April 3, 2012, Volume 58, No. 28