Curriculum Vitae



  • Habilitation, University of Bielefeld, venia legendi: Germanistik, Neuere Deutsche Literaturwissenschaft (2017)
  • Doctor of Philosophy, Westfälische Wilhelms-Universität Münster, Germany (2006)
  • Certificate of Teaching in German as a Second Language, University of Kassel and Goethe-Institute, Munich, Germany (2003)
  • Master in German Languages and Literature, Linguistics, Indo-European Languages, University of Münster, Germany (2000)



  • Privatdozent for German and Intercultural Studies, University of Bielefeld (2017-present)
  • Senior Researcher of German and Intercultural Studies, University of Luxembourg (2013-2015)
  • Research Assistant & Instructor of German contemporary literature, University of Bielefeld (2011-2016)
  • Reseach Assistant, University of Washington, Seattle (2009-2011)
  • Instructor of German literature, University of Washington, Seattle (Summer 2009)
  • Instructor of German literature of 18th and 19th century, University of Münster(2006-2008)
  • Instructor and co-organizer of the project "Pro-DaF", University of Münster (2002-2008)
  • Lecturer in German as a Second Language, University of Münster (2000-2007)




  • Marie Curie Fellowship Award, 2015
  • Fonds de la Recherché Luxembourg, 2013-2015
  • Faculty Grant, University of Bielefeld, 2012
  • Humboldt Fellowship, University of Bielefeld, 2011
  • Humboldt Fellowship, University of Washington, Seattle, 2009-2010
  • Conference, Travel and Publication Grants of the Humboldt Foundation in 2009, 2010, 2011
  • Honorable mention at the Intercultural Conference of the University of Münster, 2007
  • Award of the Humanities and Social Sciences 2006 of the Sybille-Hahne-Foundation of the University of Münster for my dissertation, 2007
  • Scholarship of the Goethe-Institute for professional qualification in teaching German as a Second Language, 2001-2003


Departmental/University Service


  • Representative & Adviser of Humboldt Foundation on campus, 2011-present
  • Undergraduate Advising, University of Münster (2000-2008), University of Bielefeld (2011-present)
  • Graduate Advising, University of Münster (2006-2008), University of Washington (2009), University of Bielefeld (2011-present)
  • Board Memeber of Examination Committee for BA, MA, Lehramt, University of Münster (2006-2008), University of Bielefeld (2011-present)
  • Co-organizer and instructor of the project PRO-DaF, University of Munster (2002-2008)
  • Member of Implementation Committee, University of Münster (2002-2008), University of Bielefeld (2011-present)


Professional Activities/Organization of Conferences

  • Co-Organizer and board member of the international conference on "Der interkulturelle Diskurs des deutschsprachigenm Raumes und Persiens vom 18. bis 20. Jahrhundert: Literarische Rezeption
  • Wissenstransfer - Spiritualität, University of Strasbourg, France, June 11 - 13, 2014. (with Christine Maillard)
  • Co-Organizer of the panel "The Scholarship of Culture" at the 3rd conference ot Transatlantic Dialogue "Connection Trough Culture", June 2014, University of Luxembourg
  • Panel organizer: "Getting Back to Goethe. Literary Translation and Cultural Transfer in West-East Encounters," German Studies Association, Milwaukee, WI, October 2012
  • Roundtable organizer: "Persia in German Literature," German Studies Association, Louisville, KY, September 2011.
  • Panel organizer: "Literature as Space," German Studies Association, Oakland,CA, October 2010
  • Symposium co-organizer: "Außenraum-Mitraum-Innenraum. Heterotopien in Kultur und Gesellschaft," University of Wisconsin, Madison, WI, September 2009
  • Collaboration on the interdisciplinary book project about "Islamfeindlichkeit vs. Islamverherrlichung," University of Münster, October 2007-March 2008
  • Collaboration with the "Encyclopaedia Iranica" in studies of the Influence of Persia on the German Literature and Culture, Columbia University, New York (2001-present)



  • Modern Language Association
  • Pacific Ancient and Modern Language Association
  • German Studies Association
  • Goethe-Gesellschaft in Weimar
  • Foundation of Iranian Studies


Press and Interviews

  • Interview with the "Deutsche Welle": Persia and its imagination in German Literature, June 17, 2014
  • Hamid Tafazoli on Heterotopia and Tango, "UW Germanics”, Seattle (2011)
  • Interview with Elisabeth Cnobloch about my project "Heterotopia", UW Germanics”, Seattle (2009)
  • Interview with the “Deutsche Welle” about my book „Der deutsche Persien-Diskurs,“ (2008)
  • Award of the „Sibylle-Hahne for Humanities and Social Science 2006 of the University of Münster, “Westfälische Nachrichten”, "Münstersche Zeitung", University Press Münster and the "Westdeutsche Rundfunk" (2007)
  • Iranica, MEALAC-Columbia University, New York, Newslatter, Vol. 13, No. 2 (2001)

German Literature,

Comparative Studies,

Persian and Iranian Studies

  • Habilitation, University of Bielefeld, venia legendi: Germanistik, Neuere Deutsche Literaturwissenschaft, 2017


  • Promotion, University of Münster, 2006

  • Certificat, Teaching German as a Second Language, University of Kassel, Goethe-Institute, 2003

  • MA, University of Münster, 2000