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Marjan Wardaki

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Email    mwardaki@ucla.edu
Office  Bunche Hall 2207

Marjan is currently a Doctoral Candidate in the History department at UCLA.

Her primary field of research is the cultural and intellectual history of early 20th century Middle East, South Asia and Europe, with a particular focus on the production of ideas among Asian students at European educational centers.

Her dissertation examines the flow of ideas between Afghanistan and Germany from 1919-1945. She charts out the international and diplomatic contours of the Afghan-German exchange, highlighting in particular political and economic development that emerged as a result of this exchange, but also examines the intellectual experience of students and educators among disparate fellow itinerants.

In her research she works with state archival materials, as well as diasporic newspapers, travelogues, and university records, which she has obtained from archives in England, France, Germany and Switzerland.

Subfield: Europe, Middle East, South Asia, Intellectual History, Global and Microhistory

Fields of Study

South Asia and Europe


My research focuses on Asian and Middle Eastern students and educators, who travelled to Europe, in particular interwar Germany, to study at technical universities. I examine their early years of study at these educational centers, and trace their lives and scholarship into a complex trajectory of German-Asian knowledge production and flow. My research employs a mobile heuristic tool that blends global- and microhistory.

Grants and Awards

2017      CERS Summer Dissertation Research Fellowship

2017      John F. Richards Research Fellowship   

2016      Weber Chair Research Award

2015      International Institute Fieldwork Fellowship

2015      Graduate Summer Research Mentorship

2014      Benjamin Nicholl Research Grant

2012     UCLA History Department 5-Year Fellowship



Nile Green (Co-Chair)

David Sabean (Co-Chair)

Sanjay Subrahmanyam

Ann E. Goldberg


C.Phil. in History, UCLA, 2016

M.A. in Middle Eastern History, UC Irvine, 2008

B.A. in History and Ancient Civilizations, UC Irvine, 2006