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Afshar Afshar

Ph.D

Academic Profile

Education
PhD. University of California, Berkeley, Near Eastern Studies Department, 1997-98.
Major: Near Eastern Studies: Iranian and Persian Studies (with emphasis on
Persian languages, literature and intellectual history).
Dissertation:
Cultural and Linguistic Transition from Sasanian Persia to Islamic Iran.
Committee members: Professors Hamid Algar (Chair),
Mohammad Ja’far Mahdjoub, Housain Ziyai, Bruce Pray. Defended 1997.
M. A. University of California, Berkeley, Near Eastern and Persian Studies, 1991.
M.F.A. San Francisco Art Institute. Liberal Arts, 1986.
B.A. University of California, Berkeley, Liberal Arts/political science, 1984.


Teaching Experience
2011-2014 Saddleback College, California, teaching intermediate and advanced Persian (modern Persian literature: modern Persian short stories and poetry).
Summer 2014 Arizona State University, Critical Languages Institute, Intensive intermediate Persian.
Summer 2013 Arizona State University, Critical Languages Institute, Intensive intermediate Persian.
Summer 2012 Arizona State University, Critical Languages Institute, Intensive intermediate Persian.
Summer 2011 Arizona State University, Critical Languages Institute, Intensive intermediate Persian.
2006-2011 Saddle back College, California, elementary, intermediate and advanced Persian.
2002-2005 Lecturer III, Persian language and literature, Department of Near Eastern Studies, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor.
1999-2002 Lecturer & Instructor, Persian Language and Literature, Santa Monica College, CA.
1997-98 Lecturer, Persian literature and culture, University of California, Berkeley.
1993-95 Teaching Associate for Professor M.J. Mahdjoub, Intermediate and Advanced Persian,
University of California, Berkeley.
1989-93 Graduate Student Instructor I, II & III, first and second-year Persian, University of California, Berkeley.
1990-2000 Seminar instructor and facilitator, Persian historical texts, classical and modern poetry
and Persian Language and a member of various Iranian societies.

Sample Publications

A comprehensive lexicon of Persian-Dari Language Infinitives: categorized and based on infinitival endings and their roots from Old Iranian & Middle Persian languages. (Bilingual) Published Fall 2011, Los Angeles, ISBN 978-0-615-54013-9) This work serves as a primary reference, source and research for Persian language students at all proficiency levels as well as Persian language instructors/educators and linguists. (A revised version of this book project submitted for publication by Nášr-e Dānéšgāhī, Tehran University.) A second revised edition in different format is going to be published in 2015 by IBEX Publishers. Windows Facing Streets of Cities (Panjerehāī ro-bé Ķīyābān-hā-ye Šahrhā). A book of poetry. Publisher: Narangestan, California, Los Angeles 2005 (2nd print fall 2011); 3rd edition with additions by IBEX Publishers, summer 2014. The Life over Yonder (Zéndégī dár ān so-yé márzhā) A novel. Publisher: IBEX Publishers, Maryland, Bethesda 2013. ISBN: 978-1-58144-091-3 The Persian Language & the Origins of Iranian National Identity (expanded version of doctoral thesis), Publisher: IBEX Publishers, Maryland, Bethesda, 2013, ISBN: 978-1-58814-081-4

Current Position

Associate Faculty (Professor), SJSU & ASU