Florian Schwarz is Director of the Institute for Iranian Studies at the Austrian Academy of Sciences and affiliate professor for Iranian Studies at the University of Vienna. He is Corresponding Member (korrespondierendes Mitglied im Inland) of the Austrian Academy of Sciences.
Schwarz received his PhD in 1998 from the University of Tübingen. He previously taught Islamic Studies at the University of Bochum (Ruhr-Universität Bochum) and Middle Eastern and Central Asian History at the University of Washington in Seattle. His service to the field includes Secretary of the Societas Iranologica Europaea, member of the Board of Directors of the Association for the Study of Persianate Societies, and member of the Council of the International Society for Iranian Studies. Besides being the author of monographs and articles on the history of the early modern and modern Middle East, Iran and Central Asia, Schwarz is co-editor of two monograph series on Iranian Studies for the Austrian Academy of Sciences Press and co-editor of the Brill Handbook of Oriental Studies, Section 1: The Near and Middle East.
His current research interests include:
Persianate manuscript cultures
Material culture of Iran and Central Asia (numismatics and monetary history, archives, epigraphy)
Historical geography, landscape history, urban history of medieval and early modern Iran and Central Asia
Intellectual communities and networks in Iran and beyond in the early modern Period
Florian Schwarz is cooperation partner of the French-Uzbek Archaeological Mission in the Oasis of Bukhara of the Musée du Louvre http://mafoub.com/