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Dr. Navid Fozi-Abivard

Navid Fozi
Assistant Professor of Anthropology
Hart Hall, Room 241

BA, MA University of Texas at Dallas
MA, University of Wisconsin at Madison
PhD, Boston University

Dr. Navid Fozi is a cultural anthropologist whose research explores minorities, migration, and emergent forms of pluralism and nationalism in Iran and its diasporas. Fozi has conducted fieldwork with and published on ethnoreligious minorities in Iran, including his book on the Zoroastrians entitled Reclaiming the Faravahar: Zoroastrian Survival in Contemporary Tehran (Leiden University Press, 2014), and on the Ahl-e Haqq community entitled “The Hallowed Summoning of Tradition” (Anthropological Quarterly, 2007). He has also published on contemporary Iranian politics, including “Governmentality and Crises of Representation, Knowledge and Power in the Islamic Republic of Iran” (Asian Politics & Policy 2015); and “‘Neo-Iranian Nationalism,’” (The Middle East Journal, 2016). Fozi’s current project is based on his 2014-2017 field research among Iranian asylum seekers in Turkey, conducted as a fellow of the Scientific and Technological Research Council of Turkey (TÜBİTAK) at the Middle East Technical University of Ankara. Tentatively entitled “Diasporic Counterpublics: Multiplicities, Challenges, and Trajectories of Iranian Asylum Seekers in Turkey,” this project explores issues that range from Islamic Shiʿi Jurisprudence, citizenship rights, border crossing, and right of asylum, to transit processes, international politics, and transnational practices. Fozi has been awarded a Visiting Fellowship at Harvard Law School’s Islamic Studies Program (2017-2018), a Fulbright-US Scholarship based in University of Malaya for fieldwork with Iranian Diaspora in Kuala Lumpur (2014), a Postdoctoral Research Fellowship at the Middle East Institute of the National University of Singapore (2011-2014), and a Fulbright-Hays Doctoral Dissertation Research Abroad for fieldwork in Iran (2006-2007).