• Ph.D., Program of Iranian Studies, Department of Near Eastern Languages & Cultures (NELC), University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA), expected 2017
  • M.A., Program of Iranian Studies, Dept. of NELC, UCLA, 2011
  • B.A., Department of English, UCLA, 2008


  • Early classical Persian epic poetry
  • Women in classical and early modern Persian poetry
  • Woman poets of Greater Iran

Honors & Awards

  • Eugene V. Cota-Robles Fellowship
  • Foreign Language & Area Studies Fellowship in Arabic
  • Roshan Institute Fellowship for Excellence in Persian Studies


Department of Near Eastern Languages & Cultures, UCLA

The Making of the Modern Middle East, Teaching Assistant (TA) (Spring 2015)
Women and Power in the Ancient World, TA (Winter 2015)
Jerusalem: Holy City, TA (Fall 2014)
Elementary Persian, TA (Instructor of the Course) (2011 – 2012)
Intensive Advanced Persian, TA (Summer 2009)
Intensive Intermediate Persian, TA (Summer 2009)

STARTalk Summer Heritage Language Institute, UCLA

Elementary Persian for High School Students, Instructor (Summer 2015)
Elementary Persian for High School Students, Co-Instructor (Summer 2012)

Persian Summer Institute, University of Texas at Austin

Visionary Women in Iranian Culture, Literature, and History,
Course Designer and Instructor (Summer 2013 and 2014)

Fields of Interest

  • Persian language pedagogy
  • Heritage learners of Persian
  • Literary translation
  • Qajar Iran