Arvin Maghsoudlou is a PhD candidate and teaching fellow in the Department of Art History at Southern Methodist University. He specializes in the art of late antique and early Medieval West Asia, particularly during the Sasanian and early Islamic periods (3rd to 9th centuries CE).
Maghsoudlou received an undergraduate degree from the University of Tehran and a master's degree in Islamic Art and Archaeology from the University of Mazandaran in Iran. He was a 2021-2022 Andrew W. Mellon fellow at the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York City where he continued his dissertation project investigating luxury silver vessels from Iranian late antiquity. With an emphasis on materiality and object agency, Maghsoudlou explores the transcultural reception of metal vessels across Eurasia and their long-term impact on the aesthetic sensibilities of the later periods.
Maghsoudlou's research has received support and recognition from several institutions, including the Metropolitan Museum of Art, the Smithsonian Institution's National Museum of Asian Art, and the International Center of Medieval Art. In 2021, Maghsoudlou was the second recipient of the Alessandra Comini International Fellowship for Art History Studies at Meadows.