About Me

I am a literary historian interested in the literature, history, and philology of the Middle East and South Asia.

Before joining the Department of Asian and Middle Eastern Studies at the University of Minnesota, Twin Cities as an Assistant Professor, I was the Farzaneh Family Assistant Professor of Persian Language and Literature at the University of Oklahoma. I have also taught at Université Paris Nanterre.

I received my PhD in Comparative Literature with a designated emphasis in Feminist Studies from the University of California, Irvine (2017), and completed a BA with Honors in Community Studies at the University of California, Santa Cruz (2008).

My research stems from my lifelong obsession with language. I am especially interested in the question of language in the Persianate world, the region spanning much of Eurasia where Persian was once a lingua franca. My first book on this topic, The Making of Persianate Modernity: Language and Literary History between Iran and India, is forthcoming with Cambridge University Press.

I work primarily in Persian and Urdu, but I'm also comfortable in Arabic, Hebrew, and Spanish, and have working knowledge of French, Italian, and Turkish.

My full CV is available upon request.