I have a BA in Persian Language and Literature from University of Tehran, a BA in English Language and Literature from Islamic Azad University-Tehran North Branch, and an MA in English Language and Literature from Islamic Azad University-Tehran Central Branch. I was also doing an MA in Persian Language and Literature at Allameh Tabataba'i University but had to withdraw before obtaining my degree to start my PhD at the University of Cambridge.
Alongside with doing university degrees, I also did several teacher training courses including a distance Cert. TESOL and a Trinity College London DipTESOL.
While in Iran, I worked as an English teacher in several language schools for over 13 years, trained Cambridge ESOL candidates, taught Persian language and literature to speakers of other languages and was a guest lecturer for undergraduate students of English Literature and English Translation at Ershad-e-Damavand University, Tehran, Iran.
Since I moved to the UK, I have also taught Persian Language workshops, done Persian Language supervisons and taught General English as well as English for Academic Purposes and Cambridge Exam Training Courses.
Subject groups/Research projects
My PhD research focuses on a semiotic analysis of Sohrab Sepehri's poetry so as to discover hidden layers of meaning in his works. The findings of this analysis will then enable me to unveil the dialogue his work has with the mainstream discourse of early English Romanticism and to examine the legitimacy of calling him a Romantic poet.
Other Research Interests
Modern Persian literature, young adult adaptations of classical Persian texts, young adult fantasy fiction, literary criticism, comparative studies, digital technology in language teaching
Other Professional Activities
An Award from The Seventh Book Criticism Festival for 'Hesitation in Philip Pullman's His Dark Materials', Iranian Children and Adult Youth's Book Review and Information Journal, vol. 12, No. 9, 2009 (pp 12-19).
'Hesitation in Philip Pullman's His Dark Materials', Iranian Children and Adult Youth's Book Review and Information Journal, vol. 12, No. 9, 2009 (pp 12-19).
'Ignoring the Marvellous in Philip Pullman's His Dark Materials', Iranian Children and Adult Youth's Book Review and Information Journal, vol. 12, No. 10, 2009 (pp 61-64).
• Article (ISI indexed)
February 2011: 'Banality in Philip Pullman's His Dark Materials' in International Proceedings of Economics Development & Research, Vol. 5 Issue 2, pp V2-128-V2-132.
• Book Chapter (forthcoming)
Spring 2014: 'Children's Literature: Islamic Education in Iran' in Charlene Tan and Yasir Suleiman (eds.), Reforms in Islamic Education: International Perspectives (Bloomsbury)
Selected Conference Papers
30 April 2013: Murray Edwards College Graduate Symposium, Architecture of Poetic Gothic in Sohrab Sepehri's Poetry, Murray Edwards College, University of Cambridge, UK
13-14 April 2013: Symposia Iranica- Biennial Graduate Conference on Iranian Studies, Sepehri's Poetic Identity in "We Nothing But Look", University of St Andrews, Scotland
13-15 December 2012: Relational Forms II, Ex cetra scienttia: Literature, Science and the Arts- An International Conference, Science vs. Romantic Sepehri or Sepehri and Romantic Science? Perplexities of Science in Sohrab Sepehri's Poetry, CETAPS: Faculty of Letters, University of Porto, Portugal
7 May 2012: FAMES Graduate Symposium, Sohrab Sepehri and William Wordsworth: Romanticism as Threshold of Dialogue Criticism, Faculty of Asian and Middle Eastern Studies, University of Cambridge, UK
1 May 2012: Murray Edwards College Graduate Symposium, Eighteenth-Century Romanticism Beyond Borders: Key Concepts of Romanticism in Sohrab Sepehri's Last Book, We Nothing But Look, Murray Edwards College, University of Cambridge, UK
4-6 July 2011: The 7th Global Conference, Creative Engagements: Thinking with children,Changing Representation of Childhood in Children's Fiction: From Chronicles of Narnia to His Dark Materials, InterDisciplinary.Net: Mansfield College, University of Oxford, UK
[ Presented and published in the online conference proceeding ]
18-20 April 2011: 2nd International Conference on Anglo-Portuguese Studies, O meu pe de araja lima and Vamos aquecer o aol: Bridging the Gap Between the Realism of Autobiographical Novel and Fantasy in Modern Children's Fiction, CETAPS: University of Nova Lisboa, Portugal
9-11 April 2011: Reforms in Islamic Education, Children's Literature: Effective Means of Islamic Education, University of Cambridge, UK
26-28 Feb 2011: 2011 International Conference on Social Science and Humanity – ICSSH 2011,Banality in Philip Pullman's His Dark Materials, Singapore [Received an ISI Publication; Serajiantehrani, Maryam // International Proceedings of Economics Development & Research;2011, Vol. 5 Issue 2, pp V2-128-V2-132]
17 Dec 2010: Seventh Conference on Travel and Travellers, His Dark Materials, A Postmodernist Children's Travel Book, Univerity of Minho, Portugal