I am a first year PhD student in Iranian Studies. I am primarily interested in studying religious developments in the Achaemenid Period (ca. 550-330 BCE), when Iranians had close proximity to, and hegemony over, a myriad of peoples in the ancient Middle East. I hope to explore how these interactions, and the pragmatic necessities of running an empire, impacted Iranian religions. Similarly, I am interested in studying the Achaemenid period as a sort of bottleneck, in which the religious traditions of the Middle East entered the Iranian world and emerged with significant changes– most notably within Judaism.
I am currently studying Biblical Hebrew and Avestan.