Parisa Mehran

Welcome to my digital academic portfolio!

My name is Parisa /ˈpærɪsā/, which is an Iranian name meaning “like a fairy”, and easy to remember: “Paris” plus “a” :)

Born and raised in Tehran, I hold a BA in English Language and Literature, an MA in Teaching English as a Foreign Language (TEFL), both from Alzahra University, Tehran, Iran, and a PhD in Computer Assisted Language Learning (CALL) from Osaka University, Japan.

Before moving to Japan, I taught English for Academic Purposes (EAP) and General English (GE) courses at Alzahra University.

My research interests include Computer Assisted Language Learning (CALL) and Social Justice and Equity Studies (SJES) in Education with the focus on Anti-racist Feminist Pedagogy.

I currently teach part-time at several universities in Kansai area of Japan.

Living outside Iran made me an activist trying to dispel stereotypes about my identity and change negative images associated with Iranian people by actively giving talks about the real Iran and the Iranian people behind the news at universities, events, and conferences, and by blogging about the Iranian identity at

My passion for social justice has led me to engage in different ELT movements for change, and now I am on my journey as a racial equity advocate. Recently, I have started Women of Color in ELT, a movement by Women of Color for Women of Color to come together to build collective power for equity and systemic change: