- Assistant Professor—History of Art and Archichitecture
As an architectural and urban historian, Sahar Hosseini studies the socio-cultural conditions of societies by looking at the places they create, inhabit, and modify. Her scholarship focuses on the built environment and material culture of the pre-modern Muslim world, particularly positioning the Persianate societies at the intersection of global flows, local practices, and the natural context of each region. Her current book project offers a new interpretation of Isfahan’s seventeenth-century urban development by shifting attention from the city center and its structures to the nearby Zayandehrud River and its associated landscapes. Given the multiplicity of the roles played by the river (as a natural resource, a geographic feature, and a cultural construct), Hosseini’s work explores different aspects of the city-river relationship across multiple scales—from the broad scale of the region to the intimate scale of the human body. In addition to her focus on Safavid Iran, Hosseini has also worked on a range of topics related to landscape and urbanism in contemporary Iran. Recent work has also involved collaborations with a team of digital storytellers at Rutgers University-Newark to employ digital mapping and visualization tools to narrate the history of immigration in the old industrial town of Newark through the lens of its built environment.
Education & Training
- PhD – University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee
- MLA – University of Tehran
- B.Arch. – University of Tehran
“Safavid and Mughal Urban Bridges: Visual and Embodied Experience of Nature.” South Asian Studies, 35, no.1(Summer 2019): 107-128.
“Building Isfahan for Tomorrow: The United States’ Point Four Program and Discourse on Urban Planning in Iran.” in Architectural Dynamics in Pre-Revolutionary Iran, edited by Mohammad Gharipour. (Chicago: Intellect & University of Chicago Press – Forthcoming: October 2019)
“Re-examining Persian Civitas: Networked Urbanities and Suburban Hinterlands in Erich Schmidt’s Flights.” co-authored with Manu Sobti, in The Historiography of Persian Architecture, edited by Mohammad Gharipour, 14-40, (New York: Routledge, 2015)