Lara Fabian

A photo of Lara Fabian
E-mail: Office: Kaplan Hall 372

Assistant Professor

Fields of Interest: Iranian Archaeology, Iron Age through Sasanian Iran and Southwest Asia, Mobile Pastoralist/Sedentary Relationships, The South Caucasus, Landscape Archaeology, Economic History, Numismatics, Historiography of Archaeology with a Focus on Russsophone Traditions


  • PhD, Art and Archaeology of the Mediterranean World, University of Pennsylvania (2018)
  • BA, Classical Archaeology, Hunter College, City University of New York (2011)
  • BFB, Theatrical Set Design, University of North Carolina School of the Arts (2006)


Lara Fabian is Assistant Professor in the Department of Near Eastern Languages and Cultures and an archaeologist whose work focuses on Iran and broader Southwest Asia in the Iron Age and later, and particularly the Achaemenid through Sasanian periods. Her current research and book project considers the South Caucasus as a nexus of interaction between the Iranian, Mediterranean, and Steppe spheres in this period. She studies how people here interacted with and reacted to the pan-regional political structures on their borders, considering state and imperial formations (e.g., the Achaemenid, Seleucid, Arsacid, and Roman empires) and also mobile pastoralist federations (e.g., the Sarmatians and Alans). Dr. Fabian’s scholarship is informed by historiographic and reception studies on the development of thought about antiquity and the question of Iran in the Russian Empire, Soviet Union, and post-Soviet Eurasia. As part of this wider research, she has co-directed a collaborative Azerbaijani-American fieldwork project in the Lerik region of Azerbaijan since 2016. Before coming to UCLA, she worked on the “Beyond the Silk Road” ERC project at Albert-Ludwigs-Universität Freiburg.