"He’s Doing Poorly," Says Wife of Princeton Student Jailed in Iran

Updated: Apr 26, 2019

Iran’s imprisonment of Xiyue Wang, a naturalized United States citizen from China who is a PhD candidate in history at Princeton University, has left his family, colleagues, and supporters despondent and outraged. Wang, 37, was arrested in August 2016 while doing dissertation research at public archives in Iran. The Iranian judiciary said this July that he had been sentenced to a 10-year term for espionage.

His wife, Hua Qu, who lives in Princeton with their 4-year-old son, spoke to The New York Times in an interview this past weekend at the university, where a vigil for Mr. Wang was held to assert his innocence and demand that Iran free him. Here are excerpts: