Belle Cheves

Belle Cheves

Graduate Tutor
Ph.D. candidate, History and Middle Eastern Studies

Research methods:
Archival research, oral history, literature and memoir analysis, historical ethnography, feminist and queer theory, affect theory

Areas of interest:
I primarily study modern Iranian and Central Asian history, as well as the greater Middle East. I am interested in the history of revolutions and genders and sexualities. I have worked on prison memoirs and literature surrounding the 1979 Iranian revolution, and am interested in the role of the left throughout the 20th century in Iran, as well as the movement of leftist intellectual thought through Iran and Central Asia.

I have now shifted to exploring slavery and domesticity in 19th century Qajar Iran – examining the roles of slaves and domestics through the lens of affect.

Revolution and counter-revolution in Latin America as well as the Soviet Union and Iran.

Additional information:
Languages: 
The Farsi and Tajiki dialects of Persian, reading proficiency in Russian and French

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