Pedagogy and Teaching


Roshan Institute Associate Professor in Persian Studies

Minorities in the Middle East (graduate seminar), Spring 2022                                Love in Classical Persian Poetry, Fall 2020, Fall 2022
Critical Genealogies in Middle East Studies (graduate seminar), Fall 2019
Literary Diasporas of the Middle East, Fall 2019
Gender and Sexuality in the Middle East, Fall 2016, Spring 2018, Spring 2020, Spring 2023
Wars and Veterans: Iran, Iraq, and Afghanistan, Spring 2017, Spring 2018, Spring 2019, Spring 2020, Spring 2022
Middle East Women Writers, Spring 2017, Spring 2019, Fall 2022
Iranian Post-1979 Cinema, Fall 2017, Summer 2018, Summer 2019
Iranian Prison Literature, Fall 2017, Fall 2020
Advanced Persian, Fall 2016


Assistant Professor of English and International Literature

Postcolonial Theory and Literature, Spring 2016 (Undergraduate)
Gender and Sexuality in Islamic Literature, Fall 2015 (Graduate/Undergraduate)
Sufism: ‘Attar, Rumi and Eraqi, Spring 2015 (Graduate Seminar)
Islamic Sufism and Christian Mysticism, Spring 2015 (Independent Study)
Literature of the Islamic World: Literary Diasporas, Fall 2014 (Graduate/Undergraduate)
Persian Medieval Love Poetry, Spring 2014 (Undergraduate)
Middle Eastern Women Writers, Spring 2014 (Graduate/Undergraduate)
Iranian Post-1979 Cinema, Spring and Fall 2014, Spring and Fall 2015, Spring 2016 (Undergraduate)
World Literature, Fall 2013 (Undergraduate)


Spring 2013 Lecturer, Gender and Women Studies, California State University, Northridge
2008-2013 Teaching Assistant, UCSB                                                                          2007-2008 ESL Instructor, LA ORT College
2007-2008 Writing Tutor Trainee, CSULA Writing Center
2007-2008 English Language Arts Tutor, The Academic Advantage
2004-2006 Researcher, English Language and Literature, Islamic Azad University, Rudehen, Iran
2000-2001 Lecturer, English Language and Literature, Islamic Azad University, Tehran, Iran
1997-2006 Assistant Professor, English Language and Literature, Islamic Azad University, Rudehen, Iran

Pedagogy Workshops Held

– Faculty Development Workshop: “Class Discussions” and “Interactive Activities,” Georgia College and State University, October 2015
– A Job Market Workshop for Graduate Students of Comparative Literature Program at University of California, Santa Barbara: “How to Prepare a Teaching Portfolio?” Feb. 20, 2014.
– Lead Teaching Assistant, Comparative Literature Teaching Assistant Orientation Workshops: “Promoting Diversity,” “Disability Students,” “Fair Assessment,” “Deterring Plagiarism and Academic Dishonesty,” “TA Ethics,” “TA-Professor Relationship,” October 2011-June 2012
– Campus-wide Teaching Assistant Training Workshop: “Conducting Discussion on Sensitive Topics,” September 2011
– Teaching Assistant Trainer, Comparative Literature Teaching Assistant Training Workshop: “Breaking the Silences: How to get students to participate in discussion Sections,” March 2011

Engaged Scholarship and Pedagogy Workshops

“Equity in Teaching,” Center for Faculty Excellence, UNC-Chapel Hill, Fall 2021.   “Women ADVANC Leadership,” Center for Faculty Excellence, UNC-Chapel Hill, 2020-2021.                                                                                                                    “Research Related Skills,” Faculty Learning Community, Office of Undergraduate Research, UNC-Chapel Hill, 2019-2020.
“QEP Integration of Making into Courses,” Faculty Learning Community, BeAM MakerSpace Program, UNC-Chapel Hill, 2019-2020.
Feminist Epistemologies and Pedagogy course, Fall 2011
Lead Teaching Assistant Institute, August 2011
Feminist Studies Pedagogy Session, November 2008
Comparative Literature Teaching Assistant Training Workshops, 2008-2012

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