Hossein Kamaly is an assistant professor in the Asian and Middle Eastern Cultures Department at Barnard College. Kamaly specializes in Middle Eastern history and Islamic Studies. His research interests focus on intellectual history, and the broad field of Perso-Islamic studies. Kamaly is committed to close reading of classical texts, and teaches courses in which important themes are traced across texts and societies.
Prior to his arrival at Columbia, Kamaly worked as a graduate affiliate at the Center for Middle East Studies at Harvard University and a simultaneous interpreter at the United Nations and World Summit of Religious Leaders. After years of working as an electrical engineer, computer programmer, mathematical analyst, and simultaneous interpreter, he obtained a Ph.D. in history from Columbia University in 2004.