Faculty Awards LogoThe Presidential Faculty Award was established by President Christina H. Paxson in the spring of 2013 to recognize members of Brown’s distinguished faculty who are conducting especially important and innovative scholarship. Recipients of the Award are invited to give the Presidential Faculty Lecture to provide an opportunity for faculty members to learn about the work of their colleagues from other disciplines, and receive a research stipend of $5,000.

2020, Spring

Shahzad Bashir

Aga Khan Professor of Islamic Humanities, Director of the Center for Middle East Studies

"Dwelling in a world of poetry"

Shahzad Bashir specializes in the intellectual and social histories of Iran and Central and South Asia. His most recent book was “Sufi Bodies: Religion and Society in Medieval Islam” (2011) and he is currently completing a monograph entitled “Islamic Pasts and Futures: Horizons of Time” that is a part of Brown’s Digital Publications Initiative. He has been a recipient of Carnegie, Guggenheim, Stanford Humanities Center, American Council of Learned Societies-Ryskamp, and National Endowment for the Humanities fellowships.