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I am a scholar, theatre artist, and activist, working at the intersections of critical race studies and the Middle East. Currently, my writing focuses on contemporary Iran and the creative work of its theatrical directors from 1997 to the present. For the 2019-2020 academic year, I am a Visiting Assistant Professor at the University of Pittsburgh, where I teach undergraduate courses in script analysis and performance studies, as well as a graduate course in Middle Eastern Theatre. I have also taught a range of courses at Tufts University and Emerson College, and I am committed to using my research, pedagogy, and art as forms of activism in this increasingly precarious world.

My writing and reviews have been featured in Theatre Survey, the Journal of Dramatic Theory and Criticism, Puppetry International, and Language Log. My article, “Reading Hamlet in Tehran: Neoliberalism and the Politics of Politicizing” is forthcoming in Theatre Journal. I am the founder and Chair of the new Middle Eastern Theatre focus group at the Association for Theatre in Higher Education, and I am a local facilitator for the international radical reading club, #BecauseWe’veRead. I also direct plays and musicals, dramaturg, musical direct, and have been commissioned to arrange choral pieces for groups such as the Gay and Lesbian Choirs of Portland (OR). I received my B.A. in Theatre Arts from the University of Pennsylvania, my M.A. in Drama from Tufts, and my Ph.D. in Theatre and Performance Studies from Tufts.