Sheffield Joins NES as Historian of Medieval Iran

June 15, 2016

The Princeton University Board of Trustees approved the appointment of Daniel Sheffield as an assistant professor in Near Eastern Studies. Sheffield, who will teach the history of medieval Iran, was Assistant Professor of the History of the Islamic World before 1850 at the University of Washington during the 2015–16 academic year. He holds a Ph.D. in Iranian and Persian Studies from the Department of Near Eastern Languages and Civilizations at Harvard University (2012) and was a Link-Cotsen Postdoctoral Fellow at the Princeton University Society of Fellows 2012–15. His book manuscript, Cosmopolitan Zarathustras: Religion, Translation, and Prophethood in Iran and South Asia, uncovers the cosmopolitan life of the Persian language through a study of the participation of Zoroastrians in broader networks of learning between the thirteenth and the nineteenth centuries. Recent publications appear in the Wiley-Blackwell Companion to Zoroastrianism (ed. Stausberg and Vevaina), No Tapping around Philology: A Festschrift for Wheeler M. Thackston Jr.’s 70th Birthday (ed. Korangy and Sheffield), and On the Wonders of Land and Sea: Persianate Travel Writing (ed. Micallef and Sharma). He is currently pursuing research on a second book project, tentatively entitled On Translation and Toleration: The Free-Thinkers of Safavid Iran and Mughal India.