Jamie O'Connell

6th-year Ph.D. student
Jones Hall


I am interested in cultural exchanges between Zoroastrians and other religious groups, particularly Muslims, in the Late Antique through early modern periods in the Near East. My study of Zoroastrianism began as an undergraduate at the University of Pennsylvania. I continued to explore this religion in two master’s programs at the School of Oriental and African Studies in London, where I studied Avestan and Pahlavi. I am also interested in manuscript production among Zoroastrian communities in Iran and India. I have studied several unpublished collections of Zoroastrian manuscripts at Columbia University, Cambridge University, and the Cama and Dadar Athornan Institutes in Mumbai. I also spent several years working for American Schools of Oriental Research Cultural Heritage Initiatives, where I developed a passion for cultural heritage preservation in the Near East.