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Saghar Sadeghian

Associate Professor of History; Sabbatical Leave-Fall 2023 semester

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Contact Information

Salem Campus

Eaton 103
900 State Street
Salem  Oregon  97301


  • PhD, Sorbonne Nouvelle, Paris 3, France
  • MA, Lancaster University, U.K.
  • BA, Baha’i Institute for Higher Education, Iran


Saghar Sadeghian, Ph.D., works on the history of the Modern Middle East. She is particularly interested in two topics: First, the history of race, religion, and ethnicity in the Middle East, specifically in the 19th-20th centuries, Iran. In her teaching and research, she looks at the position of minority groups in diversity, citizenship/non-citizenship, social movements, and democratic electoral bodies such as parliaments. Sadeghian is preparing her manuscript titled Iranian Non-Muslim Communities: Navigation and Negotiation of Space during the Constitutional Revolution for publication. Sadeghian’s second project is on environmental history, especially the history of the Caspian Littoral forests. She studies the role of forests in the culture, economy, and politics of Iranian society. 

Saghar Sadeghian also serves as the associate director of Yale Iranian History Internet Archives (YIHA). Currently, she is transcribing, annotating, and digitizing the Ghani Collection at Yale.


  • IDS 101 - Persian Folktales and Fairytales 
  • HIST 131W - Middle East and the West
  • HIST 171 - History of Modern Middle East
  • HIST 237 - History of Modern Iran
  • HIST  299 - Race, Religion, and Ethnicity in the Modern Middle East
  • HIST 299 – Cinema in the Middle East
  • HIST 379 - A Historical Approach to Gender Trouble in the Middle East 
  • HIST 399 - Oil Empires

Selected Publications

Sadeghian, Saghar. “Caspian Forests as Political Setting: A Socio-Environmental Study of the Babi Resistance at the Fort of Sheykh Tabarsi.” in The Caspian in the History of Early Modern and Modern Eurasia, edited by Abbas Amanat, Kevin Gledhill, Kayhan Nejad. Ithaca: Cornell University Press, forthcoming 2021. 

Sadeghian, Saghar. Review of Iran's Experiment with Parliamentary Governance: The Second Majles, 1909-1911, by Mangol Bayat. International Journal of Asian Studies 18, no.2 (2021): 1-4.

Sadeghian, Saghar. “Expressing Selves in the Texts: a comparison study of the memoirs of Taj al- Saltaneh and Bibi Maryam Bakhtiyari,” International Journal of Persian Literature 4, no.1 (2019): 37-67.

Sadeghian, Saghar. “Tabriz New Catholic Church: A Construction of Urban Constitutional Crisis (1908-1912),” Iran and the Caucasus 21, no.1 (2017): 55-72.

Sadeghian, Saghar. “The Caspian Forests of Northern Iran during the Qajar and the Pahlavi Periods: Deforestation, Regulation, and Reforestation,” Iranian Studies 49, no. 6 (2016): 973–996.

Sadeghian, Saghar. “Minorities and Foreigners in a Provincial Iranian City: Bahāʾis in the Russian Consulate of Isfahan in 1903,” Journal of Persianate Studies 9, no. 1 (2016): 107-132.

Sadeghian, Saghar. Review of Minorities in Iran: Nationalism and Ethnicity after Khomeini, by Rasmus Christian Elling. International Journal of Middle East Studies 48, no.1 (2016): 183- 185.

Sadeghian, Saghar. “Huviyat-i Milli-yi Irani dar Tarikh-i Mu‘asir-i Iran: Nigah-i az Birun (Iranian National Identity in the Contemporary History of Iran: an external view),” Aasoo (2015).

Fellowships and Awards

  • Faculty Council Achievement Recognition Award for Service, Willamette University, 2019-2020
  • Henry Rice Lecturer Fellowship, The MacMillan Center, Yale University, 2015-2016
  • Postdoctoral Fellowship, Taslimi Foundation & Yale University, 2014-2015
  • Scholars Rescue Fund, Institute of International Education, 2010- 2012

Interviews and Media

Sadeghian, Saghar. “Non-Muslims and the Constitutional Revolution: A Question of Identity,” The MacMillan Report, Yale University, 10 February 2016.

Sadeghian, Saghar. “Non-Muslims and the Iranian Parliament, 1906-1911,” Ottoman History Podcast, Cross-Listed at Ajam Media Collective, April 2016.

Ferguson, Michael, “African Diaspora in Ottoman Izmir,” Ottoman History Podcast, August 2016.

Researcher and Historical Consultant of Dust- Flower- Flame (A documentary film on Tahirih Qurrat al-‘Ayn) directed by Shabnam Toloui, First Aired on BBC Persian, June 2016. 

Willamette University

History Department

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