Nahid Mozaffari has taught Middle Eastern history at the New School in New York, and at Cabot University in Rome, Italy. She received her Ph.D. in history and Middle Eastern studies from Harvard University. She concentrated on the modern history of the Middle East with special attention to social and political movements and intellectuals. Her dissertation is a study of the struggle for cultural and political modernism in the context of the Iranian Constitutional Revolution (1906-1911). It is being revised for publication.
Nahid has taught a variety of courses on the history, culture, politics and literature of the Middle East and North Africa at various universities in the United States and Europe. Her teaching experience includes seminars on women and gender issues in the region, and histories of Muslim immigration in Europe.
Nahid is a consultant at PEN and other non-governmental organizations, focusing on the defense of writers’ and publishers’ rights and on making Middle Eastern literature more accessible to the general reading public in the United States and Europe.
For the last 15 years, Nahid has directed a large project for PEN - to study the current state of writers and literature in Iran and to select, translate and edit anthologies, novels, collections of short stories and poetry for publication in English. One of PEN’s goals is to present western society with positive literary artwork from Iranian writers. An anthology Strange Times, My Dear: The PEN Anthology of Contemporary Iranian Literature was published by Arcade Publishing in early 2005, and several novels and short story collections are being published in 2007 and 2008.
Sources include: www.pen.org, and h07.cgpublisher.com