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Lior Sternfeld

Lior Sternfeld

Assistant Professor of History and Jewish Studies

218 Weaver Building
University Park , PA 16802

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  1. Ph.D 2014, The University of Texas at Austin
  2. M.A. 2008, Ben Gurion University (Israel)
  3. B.A. 2006, Ben Gurion University (Israel)


I am a social historian of the modern Middle East with particular interests in Jewish (and other minorities’) histories of the region. I am currently completing my first book manuscript tentatively titled: “Integrated After All: Iranian Jews in the Twentieth Century,” which examines the integration of the Jewish communities in Iran into the nation-building projects of the twentieth century. This book examines the development of the Iranian Jewish communities vis-à-vis ideologies and institutions such as Iranian nationalism, Zionism, and constitutionalism, among others. My current research project examines the origins of “third-worldism” in the Middle East.  My teaching interests include histories of modern Iranian and the Middle East, Jewish histories of the Middle East, and social movements in the Middle East and beyond.

Recent Publications:

Jewish-Iranian Identities in the Pahlavi Era.” International Journal of Middle East Studies 46:3, August 2014, 602-605.

“The Revolution’s Forgotten Sons and Daughters.” Iranian Studies 47:6, November 2014, 857-869.

"“Iran Days” in Egypt: Mosaddeq's visit to Cairo in 1951." British Journal for Middle Eastern Studies. (Accepted; Forthcoming in 2015)

Yahudiyan faramush shodeh-ye enqelab iran.” Iran-Nameh 28:4, Winter 2013, 16-22 [In Persian; This article focuses on the story of the Jewish Hospital in Tehran during the 1979 revolution, which in part included in my article “The Revolution’s Forgotten Sons and Daughters”). 

Research Interests:

histories of modern Iran and the Middle East,Jewish histories of the Middle East, and social movements in the Middle East and beyond.

Areas of Specialization:

Middle East and the Muslim World: