Sargon Donabed

Sargon Donabed
Sargon Donabed, Ph.D.Professor of History

Contact Information

x5380sdonabed@rwu.eduGHH 216Curriculum Vitae

Areas of Expertise

Assyrian Studies; Indigenous Studies in the Middle East; Eastern Christianity; Myth and Folklore Studies; Comparative Religion; Immigration History; Animal Studies/Anthrozoology; Diaspora Studies; Cultural Heritage


Ph.D. University of Toronto, Near and Middle Eastern Civilizations
B.A. Stonehill College; History/Religious Studies
MS Canisius College; Anthrozoology (Animal Studies)

From Assyrian History and Culture to Living Nature: Animal Studies to Magic and Myth: A History of Tolkien’s Middle Earth, Professor Sargon Donabed focuses on the notions of re-enchanting, re-wilding, and importance of storytelling.

Professor Donabed completed his undergraduate degree at Stonehill College He has taught both middle school and high school (including special education) while studying ancient languages at Hellenic College in Brookline, Mass. He completed his MA and PhD in Near and Middle Eastern Civilizations at the University of Toronto. He also holds an MS in Anthrozoology/Animal Studies from Canisius College and is a longtime animal shelter volunteer.

He is interested in cultural heritage as well as mythology, folklore, and wisdom literature of the ancient, medieval, and modern world. His contemporary focus consists of indigenous and marginalized communities but also threads of continuity from the ancient to the modern period. He is an expert on the perennial history of Assyria and Mesopotamian culture – and indebted to his family for being able to do all of these things. 😊

Some more works written by Professor Donabed:

Reforging a Forgotten History: Iraq and the Assyrians in the 20th Century (Edinburgh University Press, 2015)

Assyrians of Eastern Massachusetts (MA) (Images of America) (Arcadia Publishing, 2006)


Book Series 

Alternative Histories: Narratives from the Middle East and Mediterranean

Assyrian Studies Association

Professor Donabed is a cofounder and board member of the Assyrian Studies Association