Ghazzal Dabiri holds a Ph.D. in Iranian Studies in the Department of Near Eastern Languages and Cultures from UCLA. Her research focuses on narratology and the social history of early Islamic Iran and the cross sections between Persian epics and ninth-tenth century Islamic histories.

She has published the following articles on narratives, identity, and the social history of Iran:

  • “Visions of Heaven and Hell from Late Antiquity in the Near East” in Quaderni di Studi Indo-Mediterranei (Winter 2009)
  • “The Shahnama: Between the Samanids and Ghaznavids” in Iranian Studies, the Shahnama Special Issue (February 2010).
  • “Historiography and the Sho’ubiya Movement” in Journal of Persianate Studies (2013)

Other publications include: “The Mother Tongue: An Introduction to the Persian Language.” PBS Frontline: Tehran Bureau and “Shiraz Nights.” PBS Frontline: Tehran Bureau, August 10, 2009.

She is currently working on a book project entitled “Kings, Prophets, and Heroes: Constructing Moral and Heroic Types in Late Antique Islamic Histories and Early Medieval Persian Epics,” which was the subject of her dissertation and which won Honorable Mention for Best Dissertation from the Foundation for Iranian Studies in 2007. She was a recipient of a Fulbright Research Grant for the 2011-2012 academic year. She currently sits on the Board of Directors of the Association for the Study of Persianate Societies (ASPS) and has been newsletter editor since 2009.