Postdoctoral Fellow: 2014-2016, Göttingen University
Comparative and World Literature
Institute for Comparative Literature
Institute for Iranian Studies
Host: Philip Kreyenbroek
Fund: Alexander von Humboldt Foundation Postdoctoral Fellowship, AvH
Research: "Contending Ideologies: Mapping the Field of Cultural Production in Iran (1979-2013)"
Focus: World literature; book markets; translation; popular literature; cinema; religion

Visiting Assistant Professor: 2012-2014, City University of Hong Kong
Comparative Literature and Translation
Department of Linguistics and Translation
Mentor: Zhang Longxi
Fund: International Transition Team Fellowship scheme.
Research: "Peripheries of World Literature: Misplaced Ideas, Unexpected Affinities and Beyond"
Focus: The novel; postcolonial theory; Latin America; China; World Literature; translation theory

PhD: 2008-2012, University of Leuven
Comparative Literature and Theory
Supervisor: Ortwin de Graef
Fund: Interfaculty Council for Development Cooperation Scholarship, IRO
Dissertation: "The Persian Novel: Ideology, Fiction, and Form in the Periphery"
Jury: Ortwin de Graef (Leuven), David Damrosch (Harvard), Christine van Ruymbeke (Cambridge), Theo D'Haen (Leuven), Reine Meylaerts (Leuven)
Promotion: 22 June 2012
See the "Table of Contents" and read the "Introduction" here.

M.A: 2004-2005, University of Leuven

Literary Studies, cum laude
Supervisor: Ortwin de Graef
Dissertation: "Lady Chatterley's Lover: Resurrection of the Body"
Jury: Ortwin de Graef (Leuven), Anneleen Masschelein (Leuven), Marysa Demoor (Gent)
Promotion: 15 September 2005
See the "Table of Contents" and read the "Introduction" here.

B.A: 1999-2003, Persian Gulf University 
English Language and Literature, magna cum laude
Mentor: Ramin Hosseini
Dissertation: "Kafka's Truth and Truth in Kafka"

Other Training 

2014: University of Leuven, Digital Humanities summer school
2011: Harvard University, IWL research summer school 
2009: University of Leuven, CETRA research summer school