Beeta Baghoolizadeh (PhD, History, University of Pennsylvania) is a historian of race and enslavement in the modern Middle East. Her first book, The Color Black: Enslavement and Erasure in Iran, forthcoming with Duke University Press, examines memory and erasure with regards to enslavement and abolition in nineteenth and twentieth century Iran. Baghoolizadeh’s second book project, The Blurring of Myth, Memory, and Modernity, explores how social and cultural shifts often attributed to “modernity” in Iran can directly be traced to the abolition of slavery. Baghoolizadeh is the director of the Ajam Digital Archive. Her art, “Diaspora Letters,” is represented by Twelve Gates Arts. She serves as the Resident Historian for the Collective for Black Iranians. Prior to coming to Princeton University, Baghoolizadeh was an Assistant Professor of History and Critical Black Studies at Bucknell University. She has also been a Research Fellow at the Bard Graduate Center, and a Regional Faculty Fellow at the University of Pennsylvania’s Wolf Humanities Center.