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Rose Wellman

About this Interview

At the time of her Zoom interview with AAST 3151/HIST 3672 student, Kawthar Mousa, on March 3rd, 2022,  Rose Wellman was serving as an assistant professor at the University of Michgan-Dearborn and had just published her first book, Feeding Iran:  Shi’i Families and the Making of the Islamic Republic (University of California Press, 2021).  She talks about her training and field work in Iran and all the ways that informed her research and career.  Dr. Wellman addresses navigating cultural differences in field research and the challenges of fitting-in while becoming immersed in Iranian culture.  The interview also covers her emerging focus on the Iraqi Shi’a community in Dearborn.

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Photograph of Rose Wellman

Rose Wellman serves as an assistant professor at the University of Michigan-Dearborn.


Rose Wellman with her Book

Dr. Wellman published her first book, Feeding Iran:  Shi’i Families and the Making of the Islamic Republic (University of California Press) in 2021.


For Further Reading

Readings by Dr. Wellman

Wellman, Rose. Feeding Iran:  Shi’i Families and the Making of the Islamic Republic. University of California Press, 2021. Link

Readings on Iran

Alijani, Saeideh, Ahmad Pourahmad, Hossein Hatami Nejad, Keramatollah Ziari, and Sahar Sodoudi. "A New Approach of Urban Livability in Tehran: Thermal Comfort as a Primitive Indicator. Case Study, District 22." Urban Climate 33, (2020): 100656. Link.

Bagheri, Bagher, and Sahar Nedae Tousi. "An Explanation of Urban Sprawl Phenomenon in Shiraz Metropolitan Area (SMA)." Cities 73, (2018): 71-90. Link.

Kermani, Azadeh Arjomand. "Heritage Management and Urban Development in Iran, Case Study of Shiraz." Journal of Cultural Heritage Management and Sustainable Development 10, no. 4 (2020): 343-357. Link.

Lak, Azadeh, and Pantea Hakimian. "Collective Memory and Urban Regeneration in Urban Spaces: Reproducing Memories in Baharestan Square, City of Tehran, Iran." City, Culture and Society 18, (2019): 100290. Link.

Roosta, Maryam, Masoud Javadpoor, and Maryam Ebadi. "A Study on Street Network Resilience in Urban Areas by Urban Network Analysis: Comparative Study of Old, New and Middle Fabrics in Shiraz." International Journal of Urban Sciences 26, no. 2 (2022): 309-331. Link.