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I am a professor of Persian and 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 the University of Ottawa in 2005 under the supervision of María-Luisa Rivero. My dissertation adopts the Minimalist Program of Chomsky to examine the agreement patterns of Persian language. I have published on Persian syntax, morphology, pedagogy, and Persian as a heritage language.

My Persian language textbook, Persian in Use is taught in 25 universities nationwide.
Currently, I am co-editing The Oxford Handbook of Persian Linguistics.

I served as the president of the American Association of Teachers of Persian during 2014-2016. Currently, I serve in the Executive Board of the National Council of Less Commonly Taught Languages.


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.

Contact Information:
Office number: Neuberger Hall 451-P
Telephone: (503) 725-8784
E-mail: sedighi@pdx.edu