Dr. Ehsan Lor Afshar is a cultural anthropologist working on international borders and informal economy. His research, specifically, explores the impact of economic sanctions on local economies in Baluchistan, southeastern Iran. His longstanding research in this area began when he joined the University of Sistan and Baluchistan's Anthropology Department as a full-time lecturer in 2005.
Dr. Lor Afshar holds two masters degrees in anthropology, one from the University of Tehran in 2002 and the other from the New School, New York in 2014. He has also received a Ph.D. in anthropology from Binghamton University, State University of New York in 2022. In 2017 he was awarded the four-year Wadsworth International Fellowship by the Wenner-Gren Foundation. His dissertation fieldwork was supported by the National Science Foundation and the Wenner-Gren Foundation.
He has served as a member of the Board of Directors of the Iranian Society of Anthropology for two years. His writings have appeared in several peer-reviewed journals in Persian and English. He has also taught a number of anthropology courses in both Iran and the US.
Courses taught at UTK
Refugees & Displacement (ANTH 421)
Cultures of the Middle East & North Africa (ANTH 324)
Anthropology of Money (ANTH 441)