Welcome to the ASPS online election page. ASPS has three open positions on its Board of Directors for the 2020-22 term. Please make up to three selections from the four candidates listed below.

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The Nominees for Board of Directors

Alyssa Gabbay

Alyssa Gabbay is an assistant professor and the director of undergraduate studies in the Department of Religious Studies at the University of North Carolina at Greensboro, where she also co-directs the Islamic Studies Research Network. Her research interests include Indo-Persian culture, Shi‘ism, and women and Islam. She is the author of two monographs, Islamic Tolerance: Amir Khusraw and Pluralism (Abingdon: Routledge, 2010) and Gender and Succession in Medieval and Early Modern Islam: Bilateral Descent and the Legacy of Fatima (London: I.B. Tauris/Bloomsbury, 2020), as well as many articles, book chapters, and encyclopedia entries. She is currently working on a critical edition and translation of the Indo-Persian poet Amir Khusraw’s prefaces (under advance contract with Murty Classical Library of India, Harvard University Press). Gabbay is the recipient of the Candace Bernard and Robert Glickman Dean’s Professorship in the College of Arts and Sciences of UNCG and the Foundation for Iranian Studies’ Best Ph.D. Dissertation on a Topic of Iranian Studies award, among other honors.

Domenico Ingenito

Domenico Ingenito is Director of the Program on Central Asia and Assistant Professor of Classical Persian at UCLA. His research interests center on premodern Persian poetry, rhetoric and prosody, hermeneutics, anthropology of ritual and symbolic representations (concepts of kingship, death elegies, poetry as a ritualized cultural performance), comparative literature (including Italian, Portuguese, Spanish, and Catalan), hermeneutics, and translations studies. Among his publications: “‘A Marvelous Painting’: The Erotic Dimension of Sa‘di’s Praise Poetry;” “Hāfez’s ‘Shirāzi Turk’: a Geopoetical Approach; “Sultan Maḥmūd’s New Garden in Balkh: An Exercise of Literary Archaeology for the Study of Ghaznawid Ephemeral Architecture;” “Tabrizis in Shiraz are worth less than a dog: Saʿdī and Humām, a lyrical encounter;” and “Jahan Malik Khatun: Gender, Canon, and Persona in the Poems of a Premodern Persian Princess.” Forthcoming publications include: Beholding Beauty: Sa‘di and the Persian Lyric Tradition. His work in progress includes a monograph on the Ghaznavid poet Farrukhi Sistani. Domenico was a lecturer in Persian Literature at the University of Oxford (UK) from 2011 through 2013, and between 2010 and 2016 he has taught Persian language and literature at the Harvard and Koç Universities Summer School in Ottoman Studies.

Neelam Khoja

Neelam Khoja is a political and social historian of trans-imperial and trans-regional Persianate Iran, Afghanistan, Pakistan, and India from the 16th-20th centuries. Khoja received her doctorate from Harvard University in Histories and Cultures of Muslim Societies from the Near Eastern Languages and Civilizations department and holds Master’s degrees in Islamic Studies from Claremont Graduate University and Harvard Divinity School. As a Postdoctoral Associate at the MacMillan Center at Yale University, she is working on her first monograph, tentatively titled, Known Geographies: Afghan Sovereigns, Space, and Society in Eighteenth-Century Iran and Hindustan. Khoja’s research has been generously supported by numerous grants, including Fulbright, American Institute of Pakistan Studies, American Institute of Iranian Studies, American Institute of Afghanistan Studies, and Harvard University’s Graduate Society of Fellows, South Asia Institute, Asia Center, and Mahindra Humanities Center.

Louise Marlow

Louise Marlow is Professor of Religion and former Director of Middle Eastern Studies at Wellesley College. She received her undergraduate degree from Cambridge University, where she studied Persian and Arabic, and her doctoral degree from Princeton University, Near Eastern Studies Department. A specialist in the history and Arabic and Persian literatures of the Islamic Middle East from the ninth century to the fourteenth century, she is the author of Counsel for Kings: Wisdom and Politics in Tenth-Century Iran (Edinburgh: Edinburgh University Press, 2016), and Hierarchy and Egalitarianism in Islamic Thought (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 1997). She is the editor of The Rhetoric of Biography: Narrating lives in Persianate societies (Boston: Ilex Foundation and Washington, D. C.: Center for Hellenic Studies, 2011), Dreaming across Boundaries: The interpretation of dreams in Islamic lands (Boston: Ilex Foundation and Washington, D. C.: Center for Hellenic Studies, 2008), and, with Beatrice Gruendler, Writers and Rulers: Perspectives on their relationships from Abbasid to Safavid times (Wiesbaden: Dr. Ludwig Reichert Verlag, 2004). Her current research explores thirteenth- and fourteenth-century translations of Arabic texts into Persian.

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