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Director & Chair of IPGS


Amy Malek

Dr. Amy Malek

Assistant Professor of Global Studies

Endowed Chair and Director of Iranian and Persian Gulf Studies


Dr. Malek is a sociocultural anthropologist specializing in the intersections of migration, citizenship, and culture in the Iranian diaspora.


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The School of Global Studies offers four IPGS endowed professorships with the purpose of developing focused educational and research efforts in and about the Iranian and Persian Gulf region.


The annual support these professorships provide allow faculty to explore their disciplines - whether in the liberal arts, engineering, agriculture, or otherwise - from the perspective of Iran and the Persian Gulf. Open professorships are filled through a competitive call for proposals; any tenured or tenure-track faculty member at Oklahoma State University is eligible to apply for a professorship, which is awarded on a three-year basis with the possibility of renewal.


Dr. Hamed Gholizadeh

Assistant Professor of Geography, IPGS Endowed Professor

Project Title: Mapping Biodiversity in Hyrcanian Forests of Northern Iran


Dr. Pouya Jahanshahi

Associate Professor of Graphic Design, IPGS Endowed Professor

Project Title: Metamorphosis of Tiger Nastaʿlīq script


Dr. Ali Mirchi

Assistant Professor of Geography, IPGS Endowed Professor

Project Title: Protecting Water and Food Security in Iran and the Persian Gulf Region through Sustainable Water Management Research, Education, and Outreach


Dr. Adel Pezeshki

Associate Professor of Animal and Food Sciences, IPGS Endowed Professor

Project Title: Regulation of Glycemic Control by Branched-Chain Amino Acids


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Farzaneh Family Foundation 

The IPGS Program was established through the generous support of the Farzaneh Family Foundation, established by Mohammad and Jalal Farzaneh. The brothers recalled their father’s encouragement that all his children pursue a higher education: “Our late father believed education not only built a person’s character, but was also crucial to building society.” 

The Farzaneh brothers immigrated to the United States in 1978 and made Oklahoma their home. They graduated from the University of Oklahoma in 1981 with bachelor degrees in environmental design. Immediately following graduation, they began their own construction business, Home Creations, which grew to become Oklahoma’s largest home-building company. In 1984, they returned to OU to earn masters’ degrees in architecture. 

Through the Farzaneh Family Foundation, the brothers are giving back to the Oklahoma community that gave them so much. 


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