Current Faculty

James Gustafson

Assistant Professor

Education:  Ph.D., at University of Washington, 2010

office:  Stalker Hall 315


phone:  (812) 237-2549

Office hours:   W, 1-2:00 pm or by appt.

Faculty Profile

James Gustafson received his Ph.D. in History from the University of Washington (2010) and an M.A. in Middle Eastern Studies from the University of Chicago (2005).  He joined the Department of History at Indiana State University in 2012 after two years at Western Washington University in Bellingham, Wash.  He has published articles on the social and economic history of Qajar Iran and Central Asia in the International Journal of Middle East Studies, Iranian Studies, and Encyclopedia Iranica.  His current book project, Mediating Modernity in Qajar Kirman: Household Factionalism and Estate Building in an Iranian Provincial Community, is a study of how elite families in the southern Iranian province of Kirman mediated change in their local community over the course of the 19th and early 20th centuries.  His research on provincial historiography and local geographical writings in Qajar Iran have earned him research fellowships from the Iran Heritage Foundation and Roshan Cultural Heritage Institute, as well as a visiting professorship at the Austrian Academy of Sciences in Vienna in 2013. Prof. Gustafson also holds an affiliate appointment in the Department of Political Science at Indiana State University and serves as the President of the Midwest Association for Middle East and Islamic Studies (


Courses current taught at ISU:

HIST 102:  Studies in World Civilizations since 1500

HIST 113:  Islamic Civilization

HIST 113:  The Ottoman Empire

HIST 484:  Modern Middle East

HIST 490:  Women and Gender in Islam

HIST 490:  History of Islam

HIST 498:  Modern Iran

HIST 670:  Pro-Seminar:  World Historiography

PSCI 490:  Politics of the Middle East