In this blog post, we have tried to present Iranian Studies centers, institutes, departments, programs worldwide. It seems an endless work to complete such a list, and we will update it regularly.
This list only presents the Iranian Studies Centers outside the Islamic Republic of Iran. You can read our previous post if you are interested in Persian language courses in Iran.
In this list, we have also included the Persian Studies programs, i.e., programs within the University that only teach the Persian language.
There is absolute chaos in the way the Iranian or Persian studies programs or departments are presented. It isn't easy to understand the difference between program, center, institute, school, department, fund, language program, major program, minor program. We call all these entities "Centers".
There are Iranian Studies centers within departments; endowed chairs, and unendowed professorships within departments of universities that are part of other schools; university schools affiliated with institutes; academies related to associations; majors inside minors; programs within centers offered by the foundations inside the departments outside the University but inside the faculty affiliated with a school and related to the institute, and so on.
Another ambiguity is that a program of Iranian Studies can often be a part of the following departments or schools: Middle Eastern Studies, Islamic Studies, Religious Studies, Philosophy, Oriental Studies, Near Eastern Studies, Linguistics, Politics, International Relations, History, and so on. We have included some of such cases in this list. If you know of any relevant programs, please send them to us, and we will update the list immediately.
The other problem is the websites of Iranian Studies centers. The website technologies of many Iranian Studies departments, centers, schools, programs seem to have remained in the early 90s. Even if the center, program, the department is inside one of the best universities, with a great website, the Iranian Studies center's website is often very inconsolable. The present state of the website technologies of Iranian Studies may become a topic of another article.
In this list, we have presented only the centers that have at least a working website. We have most probably missed many centers because the centers do not have a properly working website.
Please, if you find a missing entity, or you think we should delete something from this list, please let us know via email: [email protected]
At the end of the article, we also present the Iranian Studies foundations, associations, and language programs. We have also prepared the list of Iranian Studies Journals.
The list is presenting the Iranian Studies centers in each country. This list only gives the name of the Center and a link to the website. In the future, we will also add a description of each Center. The format of this article is not yet complete. We are working on updating this list regularly.
Thank you, and I hope this is a helpful list.
Iranian Studies in Armenia
Iranian Studies in Australia
Iranian Studies in Austria
Iranian Studies in Bosnia and Herzegovina
Iranian and Persian Studies in Canada
Iranian Studies in Georgia
Iranian Studies in France
Iranian Studies in Poland
Iranian Studies in Kazakhstan
Iranian Studies in the Netherlands
Iranian Studies in Germany
Iranian Studies in Lithuania
Iranian Studies in Norway
Iranian Studies in India
Iranian Studies in the United States of America
Arizona University Persian Program at the School of Middle Eastern & North African Studies
Arizona University Roshan Graduate Interdisciplinary Program in Persian and Iranian Studies
In 2016, Dr. Kamran Talattof with the support of the College of Social and Behavioral Sciences received a multimillion-dollar grant from the Roshan Cultural Heritage Institute to establish the Roshan Graduate Interdisciplinary Program in Persian and Iranian Studies. He founded the program in 2016-2017.
Berkeley Initiative for Iranian Studies
Columbia University Ehsan Yarshater Center for Iranian Studies
The Ehsan Yarshater Center for Iranian Studies was established at Columbia University in 2018 with the support of a generous gift from the Persian Heritage Foundation in honor of Professor Ehsan Yarshater's remarkable scholarship and his lifelong dedication to the study of Iran's culture and history.
Georgetown University Persian Studies Program
Support for the Persian Studies Program is provided, in part, by the Jalinous Endowed Fund for Persian Culture and Language Studies. The Jalinous Fund supports lectures, programming, faculty and student research, and teaching and related to the Persian language and culture at Georgetown University.
George Washington University Persian Program
George Mason University
Harvard Iranian Studies
Indiana University Persian program at the Department of Central Eurasian Studies (CEUS)
New York University Iranian Studies Initiative
Ohio State University Persian Studies Minor
Portland State University Persian Minor
Princeton University Persian Language Studies
The Center was established in 2012, supported by a generous gift from alumni and Board of Trustees members Sharmin Mossavar-Rahmani, Class of 1980, and Bijan Mossavar-Rahmani, Class of 1974. Launched to promote groundbreaking independent scholarship and teaching, the Center adds a new dimension to programming first inspired by the Pahlavi Fund, which dates to 1969 and exists to promote a new understanding of Iranian society and culture.
San Diego State University Persian Language Program at the Department of Linguistics and Asian/Middle Eastern Languages
San Francisco State University Persian Studies Program at the Department of Modern Languages and Literatures
Stanford University Hamid and Christina Moghadam Program in Iranian Studies
Hamid and Christina Moghadam endowed the Program in Iranian Studies in 2003, enriching the Stanford curriculum and exemplifying their dedication to the pluralism of ideas.
University of Connecticut
University of Pennsylvania Persian Language Program
University of Utah Persian Major or Minor
The University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign Persian Program
University of Maryland Roshan Institute for Persian Studies
In 2007, Roshan Cultural Heritage Institute made a $3 million leadership gift to the University of Maryland College Park Foundation and in 2008, a major and a minor in Persian language and studies were developed. As a result, the existing four-year old "Center for Persian Studies" expanded into the current Roshan Institute for Persian Studies.
UC San Diego Heritage Persian Program
UCLA Program of Iranian Studies at the Department of Near Eastern Languages and Cultures https://nelc.ucla.edu/iranian/
UCLA Pourdavoud Center for the Study of the Iranian World
The Pourdavoud Center was made possible by a gift from Professor Pourdavoud's granddaughter, Dr. Anahita Naficy Lovelace, and her husband, Mr. James B. Lovelace.
UC Irvine Samuel Jordan Center for Persian Studies and Culture
The Samuel Jordan Center for Persian Studies and Culture was made possible through the generosity of Dr. Fariborz Maseeh and The Massiah Foundation.
UCI Ferdowsi Presidential Chair in Zoroastrian Studies at the Samuel Jordan Center for Persian Studies and Culture
UC Santa Barbara Iranian Studies Initiative
The Iranian Studies Initiative (ISI) was established in 2010 with support from the Duncan and Suzanne Mellichamp Endowment in Global Religion and Modernity in collaboration with the Department of Religious Studies and the Center for Middle East Studies. With a generous contribution from the Gramian-Emrani Foundation we started our conference series in 2016. Iranian Studies faculty and staff organize annual lectures, symposia, film screenings, and conferences.
University of Southern California in Los Angeles, Minor in Iranian Studies
Persian at Rutgers University
Persian at UC Davis
Persian Studies Program, San Jose State University
University of Chicago Iranian Prehistoric Project
University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill Persian Program
University of Oklahoma Farzaneh Family Center for Iranian and Persian Gulf Studies
The Farzaneh Family Center for Iranian and Persian Gulf Studies serves as the hub for Iranian Studies at the University of Oklahoma. Established in 2010 as an academic program within the OU David L. Boren College of International Studies, the Farzaneh Family Center for Iranian and Persian Gulf Studies expanded into a center in 2016 through a generous donation by the Farzaneh Family.
University of Virginia Persian Program
University of Washington Persian and Iranian Studies Program
University of Wisconsin Persian Program at the Department of Asian Languages and Cultures
Yale University Program in Iranian Studies at MacMillan Center
Iranian Studies in the United Kingdom
Cambridge University Persian Studies https://www.ames.cam.ac.uk/undergraduates/what-can-you-study/persian-studies
Centre for Iranian Studies at SOAS University of London
University of St Andrews - Institute of Iranian Studies
IRANIAN STUDIES FOUNDATIONS
Roshan Cultural Heritage Institute
Persian Heritage Foundation
Foundation for Iranian Studies
Iran Heritage Foundation: https://www.iranheritage.org/
Persian Heritage Foundation: https://persianheritagefoundation.org/
Farhang Foundation: https://farhang.org/
Unique Zan Foundation: http://www.uniquezanfoundation.org/index.php
Omid Foundation: https://omidfoundation.com/
The Hand Foundation: http://thehandfoundation.org/parsa.php
The Iranian Scholarship Foundation: http://theisf.org/
Parsa Community Foundation: http://www.parsacf.org/Page/1
The Houtan Scholarship Foundation: http://www.houtan.org/
Iranian American Scholarship fund: https://iasfund.org/
Momeni Foundation https://www.momenifoundation.org/Apps.html
Barakat trust https://barakat.org/
Soudavar Memorial Foundation http://soudavar.org/
Iran Heritage Foundation
INSTITUTES AND ASSOCIATIONS
Societas Iranologica Europaea (S.I.E.)
Scandinavian Society for Iranian Studies
Association for Iranian Studies
The American Association of Teachers of Persian
AMERICAN INSTITUTE OF IRANIAN STUDIES
Association for the Study of Persianate Societies
London Institute of Iranian Studies
Indiana University Persian Summer Program
San Diego State University
The University of Wisconsin Arabic, Persian and Turkish Language Institute
A summer intensive program is providing students with two semesters of language credit in eight weeks.
University of Maryland Persian Summer School
Georgetown Summer Persian