School of Global and International Studies

Central Eurasian Studies

Shahyar Daneshgar

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Senior Lecturer, Central Eurasian Studies

Office: School of Global & International Studies 3007
Phone: (812) 856-0025


PhD, Indiana University, 1995


Research Interests

Iranian/Persian and Turkic linguistic and cultural contacts; Middle Eastern and Central Eurasian comparative folklore and ethnomusicology; ethnic and nationality issues of the Middle East and Central Eurasia with a special focus on Iran

Courses Recently Taught

  • Introductory Persian
  • Intermediate Persian
  • Elementary Azerbaijani
  • Music and Culture of the Silk Road People

See CEUS course bulletin for descriptions.

Publication Highlights

“Zurkhaneh: The Iranian House of Strength.” Co-authored with Dakin Burdick and Justin Wolkse, Journal of Asian Martial Arts, 13, No.1 (2004), 9-33. 

Producer and author of “Musical Culture of Azerbaijanis” accompanied by original texts and translations inMamedov Family Ensemble of Azerbaijan: 2 CD Set, Indiana University & Azerbaijani American Cultural and Educational Foundation, Bloomington, IN 2002. 

Translator of Nassib Nasibli’s, “Perspectives of the Caspian Littoral States,” in Oil and Geopolitics in the Caspian Sea Region, Michael P. Croissant and Bülent Aras, eds. Praeger: Westport, 1999, 101-129. 

Department of Central Eurasian Studies
Global and International Studies Building 3024
East Building, 3rd Floor
355 North Jordan Ave.
Bloomington, IN 47405-1105

Phone: (812) 855-2233
Fax: (812) 855-7500