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"Professor Thackston has been the recipient of a number of prestigious fellowships including that of the National Undergraduate Program for Overseas Study in Arabic at the Middle East Centre for Arab Studies in Chemlan, Lebanon, the Woodrow Wilson Graduate Fellowship, the National Defense Education Act Title IV Fellowship, the Harvard Travel Fellowship, and the U.S.-Iran Bicentennial Research Grant.

The author of a growing list of publications and papers in Persian Studies, he is also the General Editor of the Anthology of Contemporary Persian Prose Literature and the Anthology of Contemporary Persian Poetry for the Iranian Studies Series of the Centre Iranien pour le Dialogue des Civilisations, Teheran. He has also served as the Director of the English Institute for Secondary School Teachers at Mashhad University, Mashhad, Iran during the summer of 1971."
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