Stefan Kamola completed an M.A. in Near Eastern Languages and Civilization (2007) and a Ph.D. in History (2013) at the University of Washington. His areas of research include late antique and medieval Persian history and historiography, pastoral nomadism, Islamic intellectual history, and empire studies, particularly concerning the Mongol Empire. His dissertation, "Rashīd al-Dīn and the making of history in Mongol Iran," traces practices of historical production in the late thirteenth and early fourteenth century Middle East through the life and work of the period's most prominent statesman. At Princeton, he plans to publish several portions of his dissertations as articles, exploring how Rashīd al-Dīn deployed Turkic and Persian historical tradition to create a new narrative of the Mongol past. The remaining portions of the dissertation will become the basis for a monograph on ideas of sacred kingship between the Saljuq and Timurid periods (11-15th century). In the fall of 2013, Stefan will be part of the Humanities sequence teaching team; in the spring he will offer a seminar for senior history majors on Genghis Khan and the Mongol Empire. He is also a Faculty Fellow at Wilson College.