Aria is an assistant professor of Persian and Iranian Studies. His research focuses on modern Persian literature and traces transnational literary connections, particularly between Iran and Afghanistan. He also engages in social advocacy for non-citizen Americans, particularly Mexican and Central American asylum seekers.
- Aria Fani, "The Allure of Untranslatability: Shafi'i-Kadkani and (Not) Translating Persian Poetry.” Iranian Studies, 2020. Download PDF (431.3 KB)
- Aria Fani and John L. Hayes, "Basmala: Translating an Iconic Phrase.” TRANS: Revista de Traductología, 21, 2017, pp. 213-219 Download PDF (164.67 KB)
- Aria Fani, "A Silent Conversation with Literary History: Re- theorizing Modernism in the Poetry of Bizhan Jalāli," Iranian Studies, 50:4, 2017, pp. 523-552, Download PDF (593.17 KB)
- Aria Fani, “Poet as Citizen in a Contested Nation: Rewriting the Poetry of Soviet-occupied Afghanistan.” In Artistic Citizenship: Artistry, Social Responsibility, and Ethical Praxis. Edited by David J. Elliott, Marissa Silverman, Wayne Bowman, Oxford University Press, 2016, pp. 392-414.
- Aria Fani, “Narratives of Literary Commitment in the Poetry of Afghan Resistance: The Cases of Khalilollah Khalili and Parwin Pazhwâk,” Iran Nameh, 29:1, 2014, pp. 108-120 Download PDF (123.86 KB)
- Aria Fani, "What Is Asylum? Translation, Trauma, and Institutional Visibility.” In Routledge Handbook of Translation and Activism. Edited by Rebecca Gould and Kayvan Tahmasebian, Routledge, 2020.
Summer 2020 A-term
- NELC Major Piper Coyner Awarded UW President's Medal - May 26, 2020
- The Allure of Untranslatability - May 17, 2020
- Nowruz 2020: A Message from NELC - PISP - March 20, 2020