Adjunct Assistant Professor
Mitra Panahipour focuses on the long-term dynamics of human and environmental interactions and studies variability in settlement types and land-use practices across ancient Near Eastern landscapes, particularly Iran and the wider Iranian region. Through a multidisciplinary approach, she applies landscape survey, digital humanities including remote sensing techniques and geospatial analysis, ethnographic records, and environmental data to document landscapes of mobile and sedentary communities in historical and late historical periods. She is particularly interested in identifying the connecting communities that occupied different territories in centers, peripheries, frontiers, and transitional landscapes, which have remained less understood in the current scholarship. By applying models that illustrate both natural and anthropogenic features, she examines adaptive strategies of mobile groups and transformative strategies of sedentary ones. Her current project is on Deh Luran landscape, located between the first great fold of the Zagros Mountains and the lowlands of Khuzestan/Mesopotamia. By analyzing recently recovered data from extensive field surveys, paired with data derived from remote sensing, she aims at reconstructing migrations and socio-environmental relationships from Achaemenid through Medieval times.
She has a strong international academic background and received her BA in Archaeology from the University of Tehran, her MA in Landscape Archaeology from the University of Birmingham in England, and her PhD in Anthropological Archaeology from the University of Arkansas, where she obtained skills at the Center for Advanced Spatial Technologies. She is also an Adjunct Assistant Professor at the College of Arts and Science, New York University, and was a Visiting Assistant Professor at the Institute for the Study of the Ancient World in 2019-2021.