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Assistant Professor of Anthropology
Rose Wellman
3045B, CASL Building
4901 Evergreen Rd
Dearborn, MI 48128
10:00 - 11:00am Thursdays and by appointment

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Biography and Education

Rose Wellman is an anthropologist who specializes in Iran and the Middle East. Between 2007 and 2010, she conducted 15 months of ethnographic research in the Islamic Republic, including 10 months in a small town outside of Shiraz.

The result is her forthcoming book, Feeding Iran: Shi’i Families and the Making of an Islamic Republic. In addition to her monograph, Rose is the co-editor with Dr. Todne Thomas and Dr. Asiya Malik of New Directions of Spiritual Kinship: Sacred Ties across the Abrahamic Religions (Palgrave Macmillan, 2017).

Teaching and Research

Selected Publications

Wellman, Rose. 2017. "Sacralizing Kinship, Naturalizing the Nation: Blood and Food in Post-revolutionary Iran." American Ethnologist. August Issue.

Wellman, Rose. 2017. “Substance, Spirit, and Sociality among Shi‘i Muslims in Iran.” In New Directions in Spiritual Kinship: Sacred Ties across the Abrahamic Religions, edited by Todne Thomas, Asiya Malik, and Rose Wellman, 171-194. New York: Palgrave Macmillan.

Wellman, Rose. 2015. “Regenerating the Islamic Republic: Commemorating Martyrs in Provincial Iran.” The Muslim World. 105 (4): 561–81.

Wellman, Rose, and Dionisios Kavadias. 2015. "Afflictions in the Field: Evil Eye and the Anthropologist." Material Religions: Exploring the Material Basis of Religious Traditions

Awards and Recognition

Rose Wellman has organized several international conferences including "Ethnography of Iran: Past and Present" (sponsored by Princeton University) and "The Sacred Social: Spiritual Kinship among the Abrahamic Faiths" (sponsored by the Wenner-Gren Foundation).

In 2014, Rose received the distinguished Class of 1985 Fellowship for Creative Teaching Award at the University of Virginia.

She is the recipient of research and write-up support from the Charlotte W. Newcombe Foundation, the National Science Foundation, the Wenner-Gren, and the Iranian Heritage Foundation.


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