• Postdoctoral Research Fellow, Princeton University (
  • Doctoral Candidate of Near Eastern Languages and Cultures,
    University of California, Los Angeles
  • Masters of Art in Iranian Studies,
    University of California, Los Angeles
  • Masters of Art in Translation Studies,
    Tarbiat Moallem Tehran, Iran
  • Bachelors of Art in Translation of English Language,
    Payame-Noor Tehran, Iran


Ani Honarchian was a PhD candidate in the Near Eastern Languages and Cultures department until September 2018, and is now at Princeton ( She works on the social, political, and religious developments in late antiquity with a focus on the Roman, Sasanian and Armenian connected histories. She started her research at UCLA with a keen interest to explore new approaches to study the threads in Armenian historical materials and their connection with Iranian historiography. Her work examines the narratives attested in hagiographical and historical accounts of holy figures and bishops of the Sasanian Empire and Armenian lands. Her work is built around primary sources in Classical Armenian, Middle Persian, Greek, and Arabic. Her dissertation seeks to cut across several geographical, linguistic, and academically institutionalized borders in an interdisciplinary investigation highlighting interchange and interaction on several different levels, and to apply the theoretical approach of “connected histories” to discuss broader regional transformations, several of which have been regarded as constitutive of the Late Antique period.



  • Of Gods and Letters: A Study on the Creation of the Armenian Alphabet in Late Antiquity


  • Egyptian Religion
  • Visual Language: Study of Writing
  • Ancient Near East-Women and Power
  • Teaching assistant for Introduction to Islam
  • Reader for Religion and Violence
  • Reader for the Persian heritage
  • Instructor of Persian Starttalk program

Fields of Interest

  • Armenian Studies
  • Religious Studies
  • Sasanian Empire
  • Early Eastern Christianity
  • Early Islam
  • Hagiography and Martyrologies
  • Literacy and History of Education
  • Translation Studies
  • Digital Humanites