Ayesha A. Irani headshot
Current Member

Ayesha A. Irani

Patricia Crone Member

Affiliation

Historical Studies

Field of Study

Islam in South Asia

Home Institution

University of Massachusetts Boston

Ayesha Irani is a scholar of Islam in South Asia, with a particular interest in the early modern Islamic Bangla literature of Bengal and Arakan. At the IAS, she is working on writing a literary history of Sufism in early modern and colonial Bengal.

Dates at IAS

Member
School of Historical Studies
current

Degrees

University of Pennsylvania
Ph.D.
2011
University of Pennsylvania
M.A.
2004
Tata Institute of Social Sciences, Mumbai, India
M.A.
1992
University of Mumbai
B.A.
1990

Honors

2021
National Humanities Center Fellowship, declined
2018
American Institute of Indian Studies Senior Short-Term Research Fellowship
2016
Endowed Faculty Career Development Award, University of Massachusetts Boston
2014
Connaught New Researcher Award, University of Toronto
2013
Finalist, International Convention of Asia Scholars (ICAS) Best PhD in the Humanities Prize
2009
Charlotte W. Newcombe Dissertation Completion Fellowship, Woodrow Wilson Foundation

Appointments

University of Massachusetts Boston
2020–2021
Associate Professor
University of Massachusetts Boston
2015–2020
Assistant Professor
University of Toronto
2013–2015
Assistant Professor
Institute of Islamic Studies, McGill University
2012–2013
Visiting Scholar and Adjunct Faculty
Concordia University
2008–2012
Adjunct Faculty