About Me

I am a multilingual Iranian immigrant woman living in exile in the United States. I currently work as a tenure-track assistant professor in Bilingual Education at the Mary Lou Fulton Teachers College at Arizona State University. I specialize in sociolinguistics and language use in bi/multilingual homes, classrooms, and societies. My research focuses on forms of power such as race, class, ethnicity, and language ideologies that shape language policies in schools and bi/multilingual (im)migrant families. My work has been published in leading journals such as Language Policy, Bilingual Research Journal, and TESOL Quarterly. 
My early days in the United States over a decade ago drew me to the generational differences in language use patterns in the (im)migrant families with whom I interacted. Therefore, I focused my master's and doctoral studies on language policy making in bi/multilingual families. I received my Ph.D. in Curriculum and Instruction with a focus on Language, Literacy, and Culture from Boston College. 
I currently serve as an Editorial Board Member for the Linguistics and Education Journal and a Review Panel Member for the Journal of Education, Language, and Ideology. Additionally, I am collaborating with a local Persian community school as a curriculum consultant. 

Professional Appointments

2018-Present

Assistant Professor of Bilingual Education, Arizona State University, AZ, U.S. 

2013-2017

Graduate Research Assistant, Boston College, MA, U.S.
Assigned Projects:
  • The CLAVES Intervention Project: Developing a Supplemental Intervention for Comprehension, Linguistic Awareness, and Vocabulary in English for Spanish Speakers
  • Genre-Based Pedagogy for Bilingual Students in Mainstream Classrooms
  • Boston College-St Rose School Collaboration Genres of Writing            

2012-2013

Graduate Research Assistant, University of Southern Maine, ME, U.S.
Assigned Project: 
  • Research assistant for Multiliteracy, Theater, and English Language Learners

2006-2010

English as a Foreign English as Foreign Language (EFL) Teacher, Kish Institute of Science and Technology, Isfahan, Iran

Education

2018

Ph.D., Curriculum and Instruction with Language, Literacy, and Culture Concentration
Boston College, Chestnut Hill, MA  

2013

Master of Science in Education (M.S.Ed.), Literacy Education (English as a Second Language Concentration)University of Southern Maine, Portland, ME

2010

Bachelor of Arts, English Translation 
University of Isfahan, Isfahan, Iran