I am an associate professor of Persian and the Head of the Persian Program at the Department of World Languages and Literatures at Portland State University.
I received my Ph.D. in Persian Linguistics from University of Ottawa in 2005 under the supervision of prof. María Luisa Rivero. My dissertation adopts the Minimalist Program of Chomsky to examine the agreement patterns of Persian language. I have published on Persian linguistics and pedagogy. My current area of research focuses on Iranian Diaspora with a focus on Persian as a Heritage Language.
I served as the president of the American Association of Teachers of Persian for the past two years (2014-2016). Currently, I serve in the Executive Board of the National Council of Less Commonly Taught Languages (NCOLCTL) as the Individual Member-at-large.
Currently, I am co-editing the "Oxford Handbook of Persian Linguistics" at past of the Oxford Handbook Series.
Note: Farsi is the native term for the Persian language (similar to Deutsch/German, Français/French, Español/Spanish). The Academy of the Persian Language & Literature (Farhangestaan) recommends the term “Persian” as the preferred term to be used in western languages.
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