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historian , Language professional , scholar , Humanities educator

Jamsheed Kairshasp Choksy, historian, religious scholar, humanities educator, language educator. Research fellow Government India, Bombay, 1998; John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation fellow, 1996-1997; resident scholar Indiana University, 1996-1997, grantee since 1994, grantee American Academy Religion, 1995-1996, 2005-2006; Andrew W. Mellon fellow, 1991-1993, 2001-2002, American Philosophical Society fellow, 2006-2007.


Choksy, Jamsheed Kairshasp was born on January 8, 1962 in Bombay, India. Arrived in Sri Lanka, 1962. Permanent resident, United States 1995, naturalized, 1999.

Son of Kairshasp Nariman and Freny Kairshasp (Cooper) Choksy.


Bachelor of Arts in Middle-Eastern Languages and Culture, Columbia University, 1985. Doctor of Philosophy in History and Religions, Harvard University, 1991.


Teaching fellow department anthropology and archaeology, Harvard University, 1988;junior fellow, Harvard University, 1988-1991;visiting assistant professor departments history and international relations, Stanford University, 1991-1993;assistant professor department central Eurasian studies, near eastern language and cultures, religious studies, Indiana U., Bloomington, 1993-1997;associate professor, Indiana U., Bloomington, since 1997;director undergraduate studies department Near Eastern Langs. and Cultures,, Indiana U., since 1995. Member School History Studies, Institute for Advanced Study-Princeton, U., 1993-1994. Consultant Public Broadcasting Service-television, 1990, Los Angeles Times, 1998, American Museum Natural History, 1998.

Presenter in field.



Fellow: American Numismatic Society, Royal Asiatic Society (Great Britain, Ireland), Explorers Club (New York ). Member: Mensa, Cosmos Club (Washington).


Married Carol Emma Burnside, September 12, 1993. 1 child, Darius Jamsheed.

Kairshasp Nariman Choksy

Freny Kairshasp (Cooper) Choksy

Carol Emma Burnside

Darius Jamsheed Choksy