Position Type
- Present

Hosna Sheikholeslami, PhD is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Anthropology and Sociology at Denison University. Prof. Sheikholeslami is a socio-cultural anthropologist whose research interests include political and economic anthropology, the anthropology of knowledge, and translation. She is currently working on her first book manuscript, Infrastructure of Imaginaries: Translation, Publication, and the Politics of Western Theory in Iran. Based on two years of fieldwork in Tehran, Iran, the manuscript examines how and why knowledge travels transnationally by examining the production of translated texts of Western human sciences in Iran, with particular attention to the mediating labors of translators, publishers, and censors. Her dissertation, on which the manuscript is based, was the recipient The Mehrdad Mashayekhi Dissertation Award from the Association of Iranian Studies and Malcom H. Kerr Dissertation Award in the Social Sciences from the Middle Eastern Studies Association in 2018. Her research has been supported by the Social Science Research Council (SSRC) and the National Science Foundation (NSF). She holds PhD and M. Phil. in Anthropology from Yale University and a BA in Comparative Literature from the University of California, Berkeley. She currently serves as a Council Member for the Association for Iranian Studies. She is on leave Spring 2021.

Ph.D., M.Phil. Yale University; B.A. University of California, Berkeley

Learning & Teaching

  • People, Culture, and Society (ANSO 100)
  • Development of Social Thought (ANSO 290)
  • Sex and Gender (ANSO 210)
  • Anthropology of Islam
  • Anthropology of the Middle East
  • The Muslim-American Experience (W101)
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