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About Danesh Institute

Established in 1994, the Institute is a nonpolitical, independent, not-for-profit educational organization. As such, the Institute has been incorporated in the State of Indiana and is recognized as a 501(c)(3) corporation by the United States Internal Revenue Service. The purpose of the Institute is to stimulate and promote scholarly studies related to contemporary Iranian society and to Iranian communities abroad, particularly in the United States. The Institute has pursued this purpose by offering annual conferences, sponsoring special projects, and publishing newsletters and bulletins. Samples of these publications can be found on this website (See Conference).

2016 Annual Conference

Date: October 21, 2016
On the campus of IUPUI
IU School of Social Work
University Hall
301 University Blvd, Indianapolis, Indiana 46202

Iranians in Diaspora: Ethnic and Religious Diversity

Call for Proposals

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News From Board Members

Dr. Mary Hegland, Professor of Anthropology at Santa Clara University and DANESH Institute board member, received the Gold Medal (World History Category) in the 2015 Independent Publisher Book Awards (IPPYs) for her book, Days of Revolution. Political Unrest in an Iranian Village (2014).

Published by University Press:

Cloth ISBN: 9780804775670
Paper ISBN: 9780804775687
Digital ISBN: 9780804788854


Dr. Irene Queiro-Tajalli was named a 2015 Recognizing External Achievements (REA) recipient for the School of Social Work.  All REA recipients were honored at the Chancellor’s Academic Honors Convocation on Friday, April 24, 2015.