I am an Assistant Professor at the Department of Modern Languages & Literatures at the University of Central Florida. Prior to UCF, I was a Graduate Assistant at Tarbiat Modarres University in Iran (2004-2006), a lecturer at Damascus University in Syria (2008-2011), an Assistant Professor at Mardin Artuklu University in Turkey (2011-2014), and a Visiting Assistant Professor at Indiana University – Bloomington (IUB) (2014-2018). At IUB, I designed and developed the first and only Sorani Kurdish curriculum for North American universities under the Title VI – U.S. Department of Education Grant, and through IUB’s Center for the Study of the Middle East. I was a Visiting Faculty Member and Resident Senior Fellow at UCF’s Kurdish Political Studies Program through the academic year 2018 – 2019. I am currently co-editing The Walter De Gruyter Companion to Kurdish Literature (Berlin: Walter De Gruyter Press 2021). My recent work, Sorani Kurdish: An Elementary Textbook, is currently under design at IUB’s Center for the Languages of the Central Asian Region (CeLCAR), for publication by Georgetown University Press. My current monograph project deals with the reception of Franz Kafka by Middle Eastern literary circles, particularly after the Arab Spring and the Iranian Green Movement. I have taught courses in Arabic, Persian, and Kurdish languages, Middle Eastern literature and culture (including Arabic, Persian, Kurdish, and Turkish), comparative literature and cultural studies, and Middle Eastern cinema.
2017-2018 Indiana University President's International Research Awards