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Jennifer L. Jenkins
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Past Visiting Scholars

Arash Davari
Visiting Academic Professional
Assistant Professor of Politics at Whitman College
Talinn Grigor
Chair / Professor, Art History, UC Davis
Jo-Ann Gross
Visiting Research Collaborator
Past Visiting Fellow
Professor Emerita, Middle Eastern and Central Eurasian History, The College of New Jersey
Banafsheh Keynoush
Independent Scholar
Matthew Melvin-Koushki
Assistant Professor, History, University of South Carolina
David Menashri
Professor Emeritus, Tel Aviv University
Rouzbeh Parsi
Senior Lecturer in Human Rights, Department of History, Lund University, Sweden
Head of Programme, Middle East and North Africa Programme, Swedish Institute of International Affairs
Hamid Pouran
Research Associate, SOAS University of London
Djavad Salehi-Isfahani
Senior Fellow, The Brookings Institution
Professor of Economics, Virginia Tech University
Luciano Zaccara
Associate Professor, Gulf Studies Center, Qatar University

Jennifer L. Jenkins is a global historian who writes on Iran from the perspectives of international diplomacy and political economy. An Associate Professor and Canada Research Chair in German History at the University of Toronto, she is working on two book manuscripts: “The Persian Question: Germany and Iran in the Age of Empire, 1856-1914” and “The German Orient, 1905-1979.”  She has held fellowships from the Jackman Humanities Institute at the University of Toronto, the Canada Research Chairs Program, the National Endowment for the Humanities, Harvard University and the Alexander von Humboldt Foundation. She was an Associate at the Zentrum Moderner Orient in Berlin (2017-2018) and a Senior Associate Member of St. Antony’s College, Oxford University (2013-2014). In December 2019 she was an Eva and Victor Klemperer Fellow at the TU Dresden.

“The Persian Question” investigates Iran and Germany in the international system before 1914, exploring Germany’s Middle Eastern networks between the Crimean War and the First World War and highlighting the entanglement of German, British and Russian policies in the region. It specifically analyzes German diplomatic support for the Iranian and Turkish nationalist movements, and the changes this brought to international diplomacy and European alliance politics in the lead up to the war in 1914.

“The German Orient” analyzes what was called “Germany in Asia” as a twentieth-century political and economic project, which ran through government and civil society connections and took shape as a series of encounters between German institutions and nationalist and anti-colonial intellectuals across the Middle East and South Asia. “The German Orient”expands the project of global history by foregrounding economic history and European/Asian connections, analyzing specifically Germany’s twentieth-century projects of economic expansion and their transnational actors.