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Aria Fani (he/him/his)

Assistant Professor
Elahé Omidyar Mir-Djalali Professorship in Persian and Iranian Studies
Director of Persian and Iranian Studies Program
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(206) 616-2390
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Office Hours: 
By appointment only


Ph.D., 2019, University of California, Berkeley
B.A., 2009, San Diego State University
A.A. 2007, San Diego Miramar College
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Aria's research and teaching focus on modern Persian literature and translation studies. He is working on a manuscript titled Spaces between Nations: Afghans, Iranians, and Literary Nationalism (under contract by the University of Texas Press) which examines the formation of literature as an institution in early twentieth-century Iran and Afghanistan. Aria serves as the current deputy editor of the Journal of Iranian Studies. He engages in social advocacy for non-citizen Americans, particularly Central American asylum seekers, which richly nourishes both his teaching and research. 

This year, Aria is thrilled to be co-directing the Translation Studies Hub, funded by the Simpson Center for the Humanities. In the academic year 2022-23, the Hub is focused on making translation studies a more visible and integral fixture of humanistic and social humanistic undergraduate curricula at the University of Washington. 


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Professional Affiliations: 
Ph.D. Program in Near and Middle Eastern Studies; Middle East Center

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