Marjan is currently a Doctoral Candidate in the History department at UCLA.
Her primary field of research is the cultural and intellectual history of early 20th century Middle East, South Asia and Europe, with a particular focus on the production of ideas among Asian students at European educational centers.
Her dissertation examines the flow of ideas between Afghanistan and Germany from 1919-1945. She charts out the international and diplomatic contours of the Afghan-German exchange, highlighting in particular political and economic development that emerged as a result of this exchange, but also examines the intellectual experience of students and educators among disparate fellow itinerants.
In her research she works with state archival materials, as well as diasporic newspapers, travelogues, and university records, which she has obtained from archives in England, France, Germany and Switzerland.
Subfield: Europe, Middle East, South Asia, Intellectual History, Global and Microhistory
Fields of Study
South Asia and Europe
Grants and Awards
2016 Weber Chair Research Award
2015 International Institute Fieldwork Fellowship
2015 Graduate Summer Research Mentorship
2014 Benjamin Nicholl Research Grant
2012 UCLA History Department 5-Year Fellowship
Nile Green (Co-Chair)
David Sabean (Co-Chair)
Ann E. Goldberg
C.Phil. in History, UCLA, 2016
M.A. in Middle Eastern History, UC Irvine, 2008
B.A. in History and Ancient Civilizations, UC Irvine, 2006