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Babak Elahi

Associate Dean/ Professor
2215 Liberal Arts
(585) 475-5235
BA, San Diego State University (1989)
MA, University of California at San Diego (1992)
Ph.D., University of Rochester (2001)

19th and 20th century U.S. literature, multi-ethnic U.S. literatures, diasporic literature, Iranian fiction and film, immigration and ethnicity in the United States.



  • The Fabric of American Literary Realism, McFarland Press, 2009
  • work in progress: The Iranian Condition: Illness as Metaphor in Moodern Iranian Literature and Film

Peer Reviewed Articles

  • "Crossing Tehran Avenue: Digital and Urban Spaces in Tehran," Cultural Studies 26:2 (April, 2012) 956-81.
  • "Fake Farsi: Formulaic Flexibility in Iranian American Women's Memoirs, MELUS 33.2 (Summer, 2008).
  • "Resistance, Accommodation, or Haggling: Postcolonial Theory and International Business Communication," JAC, 25.3 (2005).
  • "Translating the Self: Language and Identity in Iranian-Ameircan Women's Memoirs," Iranian Studies, 39:4 (2006).
  • "The Heavy Garments of the Past: Mary and Frieda Antin in The Promised Land," College Literature 32:4 (2005) 29-49.
  • Co-Authored with Grant Cos: "The Immigrant's Dream and the Audacity of Hope:The 2004 Convention Addresses of Barack Obama and Arnold Schwarzenegger," American Behavioral Scientist, 49:3 (2005): 454-465.
  • "Pride Lands: The Lion King, Proposition 187, and White Resentment," Arizona Quarterly, 57:3 (2001): 121-152.

Book Chapters

  • "Reading the Exile's Body: Deafness and Diaspora in Kader Abdolah's My Father's Notebook, accepted conditionally for inclusion in Representation of the Self in Iranian Literature, Art, and Film (Athabasca U P, Canada)
  • "Textiles and Time: Hawthorne and the Temporality of Dress in Ante-Bellum America," solicited for Crossings in Textiles and Texts under review at University Press of New England/University of New Hampshire Press


  • "Burying the Beloved: Marriage, Realism, and Reform in Modern Iran," International Journal of Middle East Studies 45:2 (May, 2013) 375-77.
  • "Politics in Motion: [Three Books on Iranian Cinema]," Afterimage 37.5 (2010)
  • "Eaststruck: Janet Afary and Kevin Anderson's Foucault and the Iranian Revolution in Context," Human Studies, 30:2 (2007) 157-166.

Invited Lectures

  • “Addressed to Tehran: The Making of an Urban Counter-Public,” at Institute of Arts and Humanities, Pennsylvania State University, 27 March 2014.
  • “The Critic as Activist: Online Commentary on Iranian Art,” Iran: Art and Discourse, Symposium co-sponsored by Asia Society and the Center for Global Communication Studies at the Annenberg School of Communication, University of Pennsylvania, 26 October 2013.
  • “Crossing Tehran Avenue: Digital, Urban, and Diasporic Spaces,” Fall 2012 Iranian Studies Seminar Series, Foundation for Iranian Studies and Toronto Initiative for Iranian Studies, University of Toronto, 19 October 2012.
  • “The Cabinet of Mr. Hedayat and Plato’s Pharmacy: Poisons and Remedies in The Blind Owl” presented at “The Blind Owl: A Workshop,” Sponsored by The Samuel Jordan Center for Persian Studies and Culture, UC Irvine, 22 April 2011.

Job Posting: Tenure Track

This year, we are hiring for a tenure track position in Digital Writing and New Media Production. Check out the job announcement here!

Creative Writing Awards!

Join us on April 22nd at 4:00PM in the SAU Reading Room for our annual Creative Writing Awards! Writer David Schickler is our guest speaker, along with live readings from our CW award winners...

To submit your work for the CW awards:

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