Elham Bakhtary

“Every student has a history that connects them to others through geography, lineage, beliefs and actions. The beauty of history is the student’s self-discovery of their position and contribution in this intricate web of human life.”


Assistant Professor of History

Educational Background

  • Ph.D., George Washington University – Washington, DC
  • M.A., San Francisco State University – San Francisco, CA
  • B.A., University of California Davis – Davis, CA

Year Joined Franklin



World history, Middle East history, Intellectual history

What do you enjoy most about teaching history at Franklin College?

My students at Franklin are not deterred by unfamiliar topics. Instead, they demonstrate an appreciable level of curiosity, even when the subject matter concerns time periods and places for which they have little or no prior knowledge. 

Selected Professional Accomplishments


Council on Library and Information Resources/Library of Congress Mellon Dissertation Fellowship, 2016-17
John F. Richards Fellowship, American Institute of Afghanistan Studies, 2015


Selected Scholarship

“Fayz Muhammad Kāteb and Gholām Muhammad Ghobār’s Divergent Allegories of an Afghan Rebellion.” Journal of Persianate Studies 11, 2 (28 January 2019).

What Students Say

“Dr. Elham Bakhtary is an outstanding professor. Professor Bakhtary teaches history with such enthusiasm and spirit that it spreads throughout each student in the classroom. Professor Bakhtary helps push students to reach their full potential and provides an enrichment filled education in history that is second to none. In his class I learned the most I ever had in a history course as well as other skills that I can now use throughout my life moving forward.” -Dylan Boswell ’23

In My Spare Time…

I have a passion for playing sports, particularly American football, basketball and softball. The physical challenge and competition of athletics provides the perfect counterbalance to my academic life. I have also recently developed an interest in cryptocurrency and its potential to transform global finance.