Parvaneh Pourshariati is Associate Professor of History at New York City College of Technology (CUNY), and former president of the Association for the Study of Persianate Societies. She specializes in the late antique, early medieval and modern histories of Iran and the Middle East.
Pourshariati was a Visiting Fellow at Princeton University in Summer 2013 and a visiting scholar at Hebrew University of Jerusalem in 2012. In 2015-2016 she was a visiting research scholar at New York University. From 2000 to 2014 she served in the Department of Near Eastern Languages and Cultures at The Ohio State University.
Pourshariati was born in Tehran, Iran, in 1959. She received her masters degree from NYU and her PhD from Columbia University. According to her profile page at CUNY, her research "focuses on the social and cultural history and interconnections of the Middle East, the Caucasus, Iran and Central Asia".
In 2006, in memory of her father, the late Houshang Pourshariati, Pourshariati established the bi-annual Houshang Pourshariati Iranian Studies Book Award, which has been administered through the Middle East Studies Association of North America (MESA), ever since.
- Decline and Fall of the Sasanian Empire: The Sasanian-Parthian Confederacy and the Arab Conquest of Iran
- Iranian Tradition in Tus and the Arab Presence in Khurasan, Ph.D. thesis, Columbia University, 1995.
- Local Histories of Khurasan and the Pattern of Arab Settlement, Studia Iranica 27, (1998), pp. 41–81.
- Local Historiography in Early Medieval Iran and the Tarıkh-i Bayhaq, Journal of Iranian Studies 33, (2000), pp. 133–164.
- Khurasan and the Crisis of Legitimacy: A Comparative Historiographical Approach, in Neguin Yavari, Lawrence G. Potter, and Jean-Marc Ran Oppenheim (eds.), Views From the Edge: Essays in Honor of Richard W. Bulliet, pp.208–229, Columbia University Press, 2004
- Recently Discovered Seals of Wistaxm, Uncle of Khusrow II?, Studia Iranica 35, (2006), pp. 163–180.