Seyed Mohammad Marandi

Associate Professor


  - 1991: BA in English Language and Literature at the University of Tehran.
  - 1996: MA in English Literature at the University of Tehran.
  - 2003: PhD in English Literature at Birmingham University.
  - MA Dissertation title: The Inapplicability of Poststructuralism.
  - PhD Dissertation title: Lord Byron, his Critics, and Orientalism


  -  1993 to 1998: Lecturer at Tehran Open University.
  -  2003 and 2005: Visiting Lecturer at Al- Zahra University.
  -  2003 to present: Member of English Department, University of Tehran.
  -  2005 to present: Adjunct Member of the Institute for North American and European Studies, University of Tehran.
  -  2005 to present: Head of the North American Studies Department, University of Tehran.
  -  2005 to present: Honorary research fellow in the Department of American and Canadian Studies, University of Birmingham
  -  2006 to present: Member of the Editorial Board for the Pazhuhish-e Zabanha-ye Khareji Journal, University of Tehran.
  -  2007 to present: Member of the Advisory Board for the Journal of Transnational American Studies (JTAS). 
  -  2007 to present: Executive Council Member for the International American Studies association (IASA)
  -  2008: Visiting Fellow at the International Forum for U.S. Studies, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
Conference Papers

  -  ‘US Government Policy, the Media, and the Iranian President Election’, The American Foreign Media Policy Seminar, University of Tehran, November 2005.
  -  ‘Reading Nafisi in Tehran’, The New American Studies Conference, University of Birmingham, May 2006.
  -  ‘Contemporary Orientalist Discourses on Iran: Three Memoirs and Political Journalism’, Northwestern University, May 2006.
  -  ‘North American Studies at the University of Tehran’, 3rd International American Studies Association World Congress, University of Lisbon, September 2007.
  -  ‘Constructing the Axis of Evil: Iran Memoirs in the Land of the Free’, American Studies Association Conference, Philadelphia, October 2007.
  -  ‘Iranian Perspectives and American Studies’, Liberty and Justice: American and the Middle East, American University of Beirut, January 2008.
  -  ‘Developing a Universal Narrative for the Islamic Revolution in Iran’, Conflicts Forum Seminar, Beirut, July 2008. 
  -  'Dialogue and Collaboration: Leveling the Playing Field', American Studies and Iranian Studies: Bridging the Gaps between Nations and Disciplines, University of Birmingham, Birmingham, December 2008.   
Plenary Sessions

  -  Institutionalizing American Studies, 3rd International American Studies Association World Congress, University of Lisbon, 2007.

Published Articles

  -  ‘Life after Postmodernism and Contrapuntal Textual Analysis’, Pazhuhesh Magazine (Iran), No. 20, Special Issue, English 2005.
  -  ‘The Concubine of Abydos’, Byron Journal (UK),Vol. 33, No. 2, 2005.
  -  ‘The Redemption of Thalaba and the Enduring Influence of Oriental Discourse’, Pazhuhesh Magazine (Iran), No. 27, Special Issue, English 2006.
  -  ‘The Oriental World of Byron's Gulbeyaz and the Orientalism of Literary Scholars’, Critique: Critical Middle East Studies (Canada), Vol. 15, No. 3, Fall 2006.
  -  Byron’s Infidel and the Muslim Fisherman, The Keats-Shelley Review (UK), No. 26, 2006.
  -  ‘A Comparative Study of the Divine Comedy and Mantegh-o-Teir: Differences and Similarities’, Pazuhesh Magazine (Tehran), No. 33, Autumn 2006 (Farsi).
  -  ‘The Bride of the East’ in Peter Cochran (Ed), Byron and Orientalism, 2006.
  -  ‘Reading Azar Nafisi in Tehran’, Comparative American Studies, Vol. 6, No. 2, 2008.
  -  ‘Musical and Orientalist Elaborations: Edward Said on Music’, Pazuhesh Magazine (Tehran), No. 40, Summer 2008 (Farsi).
  -  ‘A Contrapuntal Reading of American Studies in the Axis of Evil’, Review of International American Studies, Vol. 3, 1-2, 2008.

Published Books

  -  The British Media and Muslim Representation: the Ideology of Demonisation, Islamic Human Rights Commission: Great Britain, 2007 (co-author).

  -  He is a regular commentator on Aljazeera (Arabic) and Aljazeera International as well as Press TV (Iran) and on three occasions he has been invited to Doha to participate in live discussions in studio. He has also been a guest on numerous BBC programs such as Have Your Say, the World Today, and Newshour as well as NBC’s Today Show. On numerous other occasions he has commentated on RTE (Ireland), NHK (Japan), NBC, Sky News, FOX News, ABC, CNN, IRIB (Iran) and has written an article for the Guardian (UK). 

  -  ‘Which Iran?: Memoirs of the Iranian Diaspora’, American University of Beirut, May 3, 2007
  -  ‘Intellectuals and the Rise of Modernity’, Allameh Tabatabaee University, Tehran, November 5, 2007
  -  ‘English and American Studies in Iran’, The Open University, Milton Keynes, June 23, 2008
  -  ‘Reading Azar Nafisi and Marjane Satrapi in Tehran’, The University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, September 16, 2008


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