Naysan Adlparvar is a Postdoctoral Fellow and Lecturer with the Anthropology Department at Yale. He completed his PhD, in 2015, at the University of Sussex’s Institute of Development Studies researching the effects of post-2001 political reconstruction upon identity and interethnic relations in Afghanistan’s Bamyan Valley.
His research interests are two-fold. On the one hand, his research investigates the nature of social relations (e.g. ethnicity, religious affiliation and gender) in conflict-affected and transitional contexts. He also studies Afghan refugees, both in terms of social integration in host societies, but also with regard to the challenges associated with return to Afghanistan.
Naysan has previously worked for NGOs and the UN in Afghanistan, Jordan and Iraq conducting research and providing technical advice. Naysan currently works with UN’s Crisis Bureau in New York delivering policy and practical guidance on support to governments in conflict-affected settings.
He teaches on US intervention in Afghanistan and Iraq, the Society and Politics of the Middle East and anthropological critiques of International Development.