I graduated from Islamic Azad University with a Master’s degree in English Language and Literature. I taught as an ESL instructor in many different language schools in Tehran for 15 years and as a lecturer and later an Assistant Professor of English Literature in Islamic Azad University for 9 years.10409551_704419636282442_6130494157038194389_n

I arrived in Los Angeles in 2006 where I obtained a Master’s degree in English at California State University of Los Angeles in 2008. I completed my doctoral degree in Comparative Literature and did Feminist Studies doctoral emphasis at University of California, Santa Barbara in 2013. My dissertation is titled “Submission versus Transgression: Farīd al-Dīn ʿAttār Nishāpūrī’s Embrace of Diversity in Tadhkirat al-Awliya, Ilāhī-nāma, Musībat-nāma and Mantiq al-Tayr.”

Academic Appointments

Roshan Institute Assistant Professor in Persian Studies and Persian Program Coordinator, Department of Asian Studies, The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, 2016-present

Assistant Professor of International Literature, Department of English and Rhetoric, Georgia College and State University, 2013-2016

Affiliated Faculty and Board Member, Women’s and Gender Studies, Georgia College and State University, 2013-2016


PhD, Comparative Literature, University of California, Santa Barbara, June 2013
Doctoral Emphasis in Feminist Studies, UCSB, 2010
Iranian Studies, Inter-campus Exchange Student, UCLA, 2009
MA, English Literature, California State University of Los Angeles, 2008
MA, English Language and Literature, Islamic Azad University, Tehran, Iran, 1999
BA, English Language and Literature, Islamic Azad University, Rudehen, Iran, 1996

Research Interests
– Medieval Persian Sufi Poetry
– The concept of pain in Medieval poetry
– Unconventional Love in Medieval poetry
– The concept of beauty in Medieval poetry
– The construction of masculinity and Femininity in poetry
– Postmedievalism
– Modern Middle Eastern women’s literature
– Iranian woman question
– gender and sexuality studies
– Contemporary Iranian and Middle Eastern Fiction
– Literary Diaspora and the exiled
– Iranian Cinema
– Medieval English Mystical Literature
– The Theater of the Absurd

Honors and Awards
2018-19: American Institute of Iranian Studies, conference organization grant
2018: IAH Schwab Academic Excellence Award, UNC-Chapel Hill
2017: Junior Faculty Development Grant, UNC-Chapel Hill
2017: University Research Council Research Grant, UNC-Chapel Hill
2016: University Research Council Publication Grant, UNC-Chapel Hill
2016: NYU-AD grant to organize a conference in Abu Dhabi
2015: Faculty Research Grant, GCSU
2014: The Hammed Shahidian Critical Feminist Award for my paper “Female Sexuality and Temporary Marriage in Ebrahim Golestan’s “Esmat’s Journey'”, Iranian Women’s Studies Foundation
2013: Office of Institutional Equity and Diversity Mini Grant, GCSU
2013: Outstanding Teaching Assistant Award 2012-13
2013: Nominated for Foundation for Iranian Studies Dissertation Award
2013: Nominated for Malcolm H. Kerr Dissertation in Humanities, Middle East Studies Association
2013: Nominated for Lancaster Dissertation Award, UCSB
2012: Scholarly Research Collaboration Funding, UCSB Graduate Division, November
2012: Jafar and Shokoh Farzaneh Prize for my paper “Coexistence of Diverse Voices in Farid al-Din ‘Attar Nishapuri’s Sufi Poetry”
2012: Block Grant Stipend Award, UCSB Comparative Literature Program, fall
2012: Center for Middle East Studies Conference Travel Grant, UCSB
2012: Outstanding Teaching Assistant Award Nomination
2011-2012: Graduate Opportunity Fellowship, UCSB
2011, 2012: Mellichamp Travel Grant, UCSB Religious Studies Department
2011: The Horst Frenz Prize nomination for the conference paper “Sacred versus Profane: Transgressive Homo-erotic Love in Sufi Poetry, ” presented at ACLA
2011: Academic Senate Travel Grant, UCSB
2010, 2011: Mellichamp Research Fellowship, UCSB Religious Studies Department
2010: Travel Grant, UCSB Comparative Literature Program
2010: Block Grant Stipend Award, UCSB Comparative Literature Program, winter

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