Mostafa Abedinifard

Assistant Professor

Research Classification

Research Interests

Iran (Persian, etc.); Afghanistan (Dari; Pashto); Tajikistan (Tajik); Pakistan (Urdu); India
Iranian and Persianate studies through fiction, drama, poetry, and nonfiction; folk narratives
(global South) literary theory; literary histories; history of ideas & emotions
critical diversity studies (gender and sexuality; race; masculinities)
comparative studies of literature; literature as world literature; diaspora literatures and cultures
food/cuisine, wellbeing, and environmental sustainability
scriptures as literature

Relevant Thesis-Based Degree Programs


Research Methodology

Qualitative Research
historical research
life histories and autobiographies
media analysis


Master's students

Welcoming especially inter- and trans-disciplinary as well as archival research projects in literature and culture, Dr. Abedinifard is currently accepting, to advise or co-advise, a limited number of MA students with shared interests who wish to advance their research in Iranian and Persianate studies within an “area,” “comparative” or “global” studies framework, focusing on literary and cultural texts from any or a combination of the following areas, with primary texts in original language and/or English translation: (All proposal material as well as any submitted research by students must be rendered in written English, with quotes from any original language appearing both in original and English at all stages of the development of the research.) (For application deadlines and any information regarding where and how to apply, please contact the Department via the following specified form.)

  • Iran (Persian—as well as Azeri; Kurdish; Arabic; Turkmen; Balochi; Gilaki; etc.)
  • Afghanistan (especially Dari and Pashto)
  • Tajikistan (Tajik [Latin/Cyrillic/Arabic scripts])
  • Pakistan (Urdu)
  • India (Gujarati and Hindi-Urdu)
  • their diasporas
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