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Farid Azfar

Associate Professor

On Leave - Academic Year



  2. Phone: (610) 690-5765
  3. Office Hours: On leave 2023-24

Farid Azfar is an Associate Professor of History at Swarthmore College. He has previously taught at Scripps College and Haverford College. He is currently completing a book on slave-trading contracts and international law, a preview of which was recently published in the New Literary History special issue on Race and Periodization in the Pre-modern Era. He is starting a research project about the climate history of colonial Karachi. His teaching ranges from survey courses on Early Modern European History to specialized seminars on a range of topics including the history of sexuality, the history of science, the history of political thought, and the riparian histories of South Asia. This Fall he will be teaching a survey course on British history and an upper-level seminar on witch-hunting and heresy in the early modern world. He is currently serving as Associate Reviews Editor for the American Historical Review. His past, present and future service also includes work with the American Council for Learned Societies, the North American Conference on British Studies, and the Data Governance Committee at Swarthmore. 

First Collection for the Class of 2018

In September, 2014, Professor Azfar addressed the Class of 2018 as part of First Collection, the traditional beginning for every student's experience here at Swarthmore.

Hear Professor Azfar, along with other members of the community, welcome the class of 2018.

Professor Azfar's "Genealogy Of An Execution: The Sodomite, The Bishop, And The Anomaly Of 1726"

Professor Azfar's most recent article, "Genealogy of An Execution: The Sodomite, The Bishop, And the Anomaly Of 1726" was published by the Journal of British Studies.

Genealogy of An Execution