A.M. 2016, Ph.D. 2018
Rob Ames is a lecturer on Persian Literature in Harvard's Department of Near Eastern Languages and Civilizations and will be teaching Persian 105, "Beyond Akhlāq: Ethical Literatures of the Persianate World" in Spring 2019. He received his doctorate and MA from NELC at Harvard and holds an MTS in Islamic Studies from Harvard Divinity School and a BA from Brown University. His current research deals with the relationship between mysticism (including Sufism, 'irfan, and related phenomena) and modernity in Iran. He is also interested in classical Persian literature and is developing a project on monstrosity in the Shahnameh of Ferdowsi. Before returning to NELC, Rob taught Religious Studies at St. Francis College in Brooklyn.
Rob's dissertation, “Looking for the Human: Mysticism, Selfhood, and Iranian Modernity,” received an honorable mention in the Foundation for Iranian Studies' 2018 competition for Best Ph.D. Dissertation of the Year and is currently being revised for publication by Gorgias Press. His research has appeared in Comparative Islamic Studies and Brill's Journal of Sufi Studies, and he has published a number of book reviews with Reading Religion.