Michael Pifer is a medievalist and literary scholar of Anatolia, Armenia, and the Caucasus. He has a broad interest in the movement of narratives, tropes, genres, rhetoric, and styles across linguistic boundaries.


PhD, University of Michigan, Comparative Literature (2014)

Certificate in World Literature, Institute for World Literature, Harvard / Bilgi University (2012)


Recent Articles / Book Chapters

The Diasporic Crane: Discursive Migration across the Armenian-Turkish Divide, in Diaspora: A Journal of Transnational Studies. Link to Project Muse.

The Rose of Muḥammad, the Fragrance of Christ: Liminal Poetics in Medieval Anatolia, in Medieval Encounters. Link to Brill.

The Forgetful Figure: Armenian Representations of Trauma in Aṛakʿel of Tabriz and Shahan Shahnur, in the Journal of Literature and Trauma Studies. Read on Project Muse.

The Age of the Gharīb: Strangers in the Medieval Mediterranean, in An Armenian Mediterranean: Words and Worlds in Motion, ed. Pifer and Babayan.

Encyclopedia Articles:

Mesrop Maštoc’, Inventor of the Armenian alphabet, Encyclopedia Iranica. Link to Brill.


Kindred Voices: A Literary History of Medieval Anatolia (Yale University Press, 2021)

Edited Volumes: 

An Armenian Mediterranean: Words and Worlds in Motion (Palgrave Macmillan, 2018)

Entangled Literatures and Histories in the Premodern Ottoman World, special issue of the Journal of the Ottoman and Turkish Studies Association, co-edited with N. İpek Hüner Cora. (Read on JSTOR; on Project Muse.)



Michael Pifer is involved as a team member in Project ArmEn (Armenia Entangled: Connectivity and Cultural Encounters in Medieval Eurasia 9th – 14th Centuries), funded by a grant from the European Research Council and led by Dr. Zara Pogossian.

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