Daniel Sheffield – A Lifelong Historian
Daniel Sheffield specializes in Iranian and Central Asian history. His research interests lie with exchanges between Safavid Iran and Mughal India, particularly those that involve the Zoroastrian community, which was prevalent at this period. Daniel provides undergraduate lectures on Classical Persian as well as themed seminars as well as graduate classes on Iranian history; additionally his book project examines cosmopolitan notions of religion and translation during early Safavid Iran and Mughal Hindustan periods.
Early Life and Education
Daniel Sheffield was born and raised in Colorado. After attending Golden High School he went on to attend Guildhall School of Music & Drama before becoming part of Royal Shakespeare Company.
His research centers around the religious, intellectual and social history of medieval and early modern Persian-speaking world. He has published on topics including Zoroastrianism’s history as well as language’s role in religious thought; furthermore he contributed an essay to Wiley-Blackwell Companion to Zoroastrianism as well as No Tapping Around Philology collection of essays.
He has taught undergraduate lectures on Iranian history and Middle Eastern politics as well as graduate seminars on Persian historiography, winning several awards such as Kroto Research Inspiration Award in 2016. Dr. Sheffield currently works at University of Sheffield.
Dan was the embodiment of “RGIS Way”, living his values each and every day at work. Always professional and compassionate towards everyone within RGIS, Dan set an exemplary example in all he did.
Daniel Sheffield currently works as an Assistant Professor in Princeton University’s Department of Near Eastern Studies where he offers undergraduate and graduate courses on Persian-speaking world history. His research centers around transmission and transformation of ideas between Late Antiquity and Early Modernity.
He is particularly fascinated by interactions between Safavid Iran and Mughal India, and Zoroastrianism in particular. Additionally to his academic research, he has played professionally for both Watford and Sheffield Wednesday in England, representing Czech Republic on 35 occasions as a full international. Additionally he works for a sports agency company representing players like Burnley’s Matej Vydra.
Achievement and Honors
Daniel Sheffield is an award-winning historian and highly esteemed professor. His specialties lie in studying Safavid Iran’s interactions with Mughal India during this period and, specifically, Zoroastrian communities during this time. Additionally, his research examines intellectual and religious developments of this region and has received many honors and awards. His dedication has earned him many accolades over time.
He has received several honorary doctorates, as well as being awarded University of Cumberland’s Senior Trial Advocacy Fellow and was named to Dean’s List and won several Dispute Resolution competitions. Furthermore, he served as President of Law Student Association before recently being honored as Alaskan of the Week by Senator Dan Sullivan for his contributions that have had such an enormous impact on Alaska today.
Daniel Sheffield was a safety for the Troy Trojans of college football and is survived by his wife and two children, as well as his parents, sister-in-law, nieces, and nephews. Donations may be made in Daniel’s memory to a memorial garden, tree or bench at his church.
He specializes in the history of Zoroastrian communities across Safavid Iran and Mughal India, as well as their transmission from Late Antiquity into Early Modernity. His current book project examines how adopting cosmopolitan theological vocabulary affected religious and literary production within these communities. Furthermore, he regularly offers undergraduate lectures, thematic seminars on Persian historiography as well as graduate courses in medieval and modern Iranian studies.
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