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Alireza Khounani

Part-time Faculty
(212) 992-3743
1 Wash Pl, Room 619

B.A., Archaeology, Bu-Ali Sina University, 2013
M.A., Landscape Archaeology, Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam, 2015

Alireza Khounani’s teaching and research interests lie in the socio-economic history and anthropology of monies and finance in the Ancient Near East and Western Central Asia. Earlier in his career, Alireza has given especial attention to the Arsacid (Parthian) Empire (248 BCE-224 CE) and has published in Persian and English on the political history and propaganda techniques in the visual expression of minor elites of Mesene in southern Iraq (2013), Persis (2014/2015), and Elymais (2017) in Iran. His most recent work, Two Parthian Period Rock reliefs from Iraqi Kurdistan (2018), introduces two new additions to the arts in the Client Kingdom of Adiabene in Northern Iraq. For his PhD dissertation at NYU’s Institute for the Study of the Ancient World (ISAW), Alireza is exploring fiduciary monies from the fall of the Neo-Babylonian empire to the rise of Islam, specifically the significance of earliest low value small change, bronze coinage, in the monetization of factor (labor) and commodity markets of the Arsacid and Sasanian (Persian) empires. While preparing his dissertation, he is also finalizing a new article, No Bronze Coins in Persis: A case study in the Microeconomies of the Arsacid Empire, which explores the diversity of monetary activities in the Ancient World.   Alireza has joined archaeological excavations at sites from Neolithic to modern periods in Iran and early Greek settlements in southern Italy. He is also the recipient of several honors, including a B.A. summa cum laude from Hamedan’s Bu-Ali Sina University, M.A.’s Certificate of Excellence from Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam, and most recently American Numismatic Society’s Summer Fellowship.

Teaching and Research Interests

material culture (art and archaeology) of ancient Near East and Western Central Asia, economic history, political economy, anthropology of monies, factor and labor markets, coinage and metallurgy, visual culture, elite identity, colonialism

Alireza Khounani