Program in Iranian Studies

The Program in Iranian Studies at the MacMillan Center promotes study of Iran, Afghanistan and the Persianate cultural sphere, with emphasis on regional and international affairs, domestic political developments as well as society, history, religion, art, art history, culture, law, medicine and public health, economy, and environment. The Program in Iranian Studies strives to reflect diverse views on foreign policy as well as nongovernmental voices and views of deprived groups such as women, intellectual descanters, religious and ethnic minorities, and nonconformists. It also encourages study of Iran and Afghanistan within the broader context of the Middle East, and especially in relation to neighboring Iraq, Saudi Arabia and other countries of the Persian Gulf, as well as Pakistan, India, China, and Central Asia.


The Yale Program in Iranian Studies (YPIS) is delighted to announce that the Persian Heritage Foundation of California (PHF) has generously committed to full funding for the continuation of the Ehsan Yarshater Postdoctoral Fellowship in Iranian Studies at Yale for the duration of four years (2021-...
Dr. Kaveh Madani
The Program in Iranian Studies at the Whitney and Betty MacMillan Center for International and Area Studies at Yale is pleased to announce its new Contemporary Iran Forum. Its goal is to facilitate a better understanding of issues related to contemporary Iran and brings together leading experts...
What Trump’s tweet threatening Iran’s cultural sites could mean for Shiite Muslims
The following article written by Kishwar Rizvi, Professor in the History of Art, Islamic Art and Architecture, appeared in The Conversation on January 9, 2020: President Donald Trump warned the Islamic Republic of Iran in a tweet on Jan. 4 that the U.S. would target Iranian cultural sites, if...

Contemporary Iran Forum

Contemporary Iran Forum: The COVID-19 Impacts on Water