Daniel Sheffield holds a Ph.D. in Near Eastern Languages and Civilizations from Harvard University, where he specialized in Iranian and Persian Studies. His dissertation charted the evolution of discursive practices by which Zoroastrians in Iran and India struggled to define their communal identity through constructions of the life of Zarathustra, the central figure of their religion. He is currently working on a book manuscript entitled Cosmopolitan Zarathustras: Religion, Translation, and Prophethood in Iran and South Asia, which explores themes of orthodoxy, syncretism, vernacularization, and colonialism, and examines how Zoroastrian thinkers adopted cosmopolitan religious vocabularies from the Islamicate and Sanskritic literary traditions around them in order to create new discursive spaces for a world in which Zoroastrians were no longer a dominant political force. He is also preparing a critical edition and translation of an unpublished Zoroastrian Middle Persian textThe Book of Religious Judgments (Wizirgerd ī Dēnīg) for publication. Daniel's recent and forthcoming articles appear inThe Bulletin of the Asia Institute, On the Wonders of Land and Sea: Persianate Travel Writing (ed. Sharma and Micallef), and There's No Tapping Around Philology (ed. Korangy and Sheffield). In January 2013, he co-organized an international conference on Zoroastrian and Parsi Studies in Navsari, Gujarat (India), entitled Celebrating a Treasure: 140 Years at the First Dastoor Meherjirana Library. He is currently pursuing research on a second book project, tentatively entitled The Parsis and the Colonial Construction of Zoroastrianism. During the 2013-2014 academic year, he will offer a course on Timurid, Safavid, and Mughal history, as well as a seminar on religion and translation.