About Us

The Center for Iranian Studies is the foremost academic research center in Iranian studies in the United States with an active publication program. Founded in 1968 by Professor Ehsan Yarshater, the Center sponsors or arranges art exhibitions, film screenings, musical performances, and occasional lectures for students, staff and the community, but the main focus of its activities is an extensive program of scholarly publications and several related projects.

The Center is a research center and not an academic department. For inquiries regarding admissions and academic programs, please refer to the various academic departments listed in the A-Z directory on the Columbia website, some of which are also listed under our Resources page.

The Center’s extensive and up-to-date library is a non-lending research library benefiting both the staff and researchers.