Nina Mazhjoo, PhD
4050 Chemin de la Cote Sainte Catherine # B
Montreal, QC, Canada
Ph.D., History of Religions, Concordia University, 2014-2019
Dissertation: “When Mithras Came to Rome: The Cultural Transmission of Mithras from Persia to the Hellenistic and Roman Worlds”
Advisors: Dr. Carly Daniel Hughes, Prof. Dr. Touraj Daryaee, Dr. Naftali Cohn
MA in Religious Studies, University of Erfurt, 2011-2013
Dissertation: “A Cultural Transmission of a god; the case of Mithras at Nemrut Daği”
Advisor: Prof. Dr. Katharina Waldner
MA in Cultural Anthropology, University of Tehran, 2005-2007
Dissertation: “The Connection between Buddhism and Mithraism Based on Art and Holly Text”
Advisor: Prof. Dr. Jalal Rafifar
BA Degree in Anthropology, University of Tehran, 2000-2004
Fellowships and awards:
Ph.D. Dissertation Accelerator Award, Concordia University, 2019
Conference and Exposition Award, School of Graduate Studies, Concordia University, 2018
(DAAD) Short Term Research Grant, German Academic Exchange Service, 2018
Conference Funding Subsidy, Graduate Student Association, Concordia University, 2016
Conference Travel Support, Faculty of Art & Science, Concordia University, 2016
Conference and Exposition Award, School of Graduate Studies, Concordia University, 2016
The Houtan Scholarship Foundation, Graduate Scholarship in Iranian Studies, 2015
PARSA Community Foundation, Graduate Scholarship in Iranian Studies, 2015
Graduate Student Mobility Award, Concordia University, 2014
PARSA Community Foundation, Graduate Scholarship in Iranian Studies, 2014
Conference Travel Support, Faculty of Art & Science, Concordia University, 2014
International Tuition Fee Remission Award, Concordia University, 2014-2016 2
Ph.D. Entrance Scholarship, Faculty of Arts and Science, Concordia University, 2014-2016
(KAAD) Graduate Scholarship, Katholischer Akademischer Ausländer-Dienst, 2012-2013
Teaching Assistant, Concordia University, 2014-2019
- Death and Dying
- The Religious Imagination
- Self and Other: Identity and Ethical Development
- Biblical Studies II: Christian Origin
- Religion of the West
- Modern Islam
- Introduction to Islam
Research Associate, Concordia University, 2020
Research Assistant, Concordia University, 2014
Project: Dressing in the Roman Empire
Voluntary Researcher, The Research Institution of the World's Children, 2008
Book Chapter: Mazhjoo, N. “Being Mithraist: Embracing ‘Otherness’ in the Roman Cultural Milieu” in Community and Identity at the Edges of the Classical World, Edited by Aaron W. Irvin, NJ: Wiley Blackwell, 2021.
Articles: Mazhjoo, N. “Ritualized Body and Ritualized Identity” in Gronika, the Institute for European and Mediterranean Archeology, vol. 8, 2018.
Mazhjoo, N. “On Lincoln’s Mithras” in Dabir Journal, Irvine: The University of California, Issue 4, 2017.
Daryaee. T & N. Mazhjoo, “Dancing in Middle & Classical Persian” in Dabir Journal, No.2, Irvine: The University of California, Issue 2, 2016.
Edited Journals: Managing Editor, The Semi-Annual Journal of Ancient World, 2019-now 3
Assistant Editor, Iranian Journal of Anthropology Anthropological society of Iran, 2009-2010
“Roman Mithraic Identity in the Context of Imperialism,” Paper presented at the conference of Imperialism and Identity at the edges of the Roman World 4, Belgrade, 2018.
“Cumont in the Eyes of Critics,” Paper presented at the Twelfth Biennial of Iranian Studies (ASI), California (Irvine), 2018.
“Consecrated Bodies and the Aesthetic of Mithraic Violence,” Paper Presented at the Annual Graduate Interdisciplinary Conference, Concordia University, 2017.
“Breaking a Metanarrative in Mithraic studies; A transmission From Colonial to postcolonial approach,” Paper presented at the Eleventh Biennial Iranian Studies Conference (ASI), Vienna, 2016.
“From Life to Afterlife; Conquering the Limit of the Fate,” Paper presented at the Seventh Biennial Convention of the Association for the Study of Persianate Societies (ASPS), Istanbul, 2015.
“Ritualized Body and Ritualized Identity; Bodily Imagination in the Initiation Ritual of the Mystery Cult of Mithras,” Paper presented at the Annual Graduate Interdisciplinary Conference, Concordia University, 2015.
“A cultural transmission of a god: The case of Mithra in Nemrut Daği,” Paper Presented at the Conference of “Remixing Religion,” the University of Texas in Austin, 2014.
“The god Apollo-Mithra-Helios-Hermes in the Ruler Cult of Antiochus I,” Paper presented at Anthropological Society of Iran (ASI), 2013.
Pahlavi, Latin, Attic Greek
Society for Ancient Mediterranean Religions
International Society for Iranian Studies (ASI)
Association for the Study of Persianate Societies (ASPS)
Anthropological Society of Iran (ASI) 4
Department of Religions and Cultures, Concordia University
PHONE: (001) 514-848-2424 (ext.2066)
Prof. Dr. Touraj Daryaee,
Department of History, University of California in Irvine
PHONE: (001) 949-824-0311
Prof. Dr. Katharina Waldner,
Department of Religious Studies, Erfurt University