About Me

Modern European history | cultural theory and criticism | migration studies | theology and religious studies

My name is Keanu Heydari. I was born and raised in Los Angeles. I’m currently in my second year of a Doctoral program in History at the Rackham Graduate School, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor. I’m an alumnus of the University of California, Los Angeles (B.A., History, 2017).

Broadly, I research nineteenth- and twentieth-century French cultural and intellectual history and its global contexts. My earlier graduate work examined questions about the institutionalization and instrumentalization of laïcité in the late nineteenth century. My current research project focuses on the out-migration of Iranians (especially intellectuals and cultural leaders) from Tehran to Paris after the 1953 coup d’état.

See my CV here for more information about my academic pursuits.

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