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Meet Anousha Sedighi - Persian
Meet Anousha Sedighi - Persian

Anousha Sedighi (2005) Ph.D.
Professor of Persian
University of Ottawa (Canada)


Dr. Anousha Sedighi received her Ph.D. in Persian Linguistics from the University of Ottawa in Canada. She founded the Persian program at PSU in 2005 and launched the only Persian minor in the state of Oregon, in 2011. She has had several leadership positions in nationally leading organizations. She was the president of the American Association ofTeachers of Persian from 2014-2016 and she currently sits in the executive board of the National Council of Less Commonly Taught Languages. Dr. Sedighi's research interests include Persian linguistics, Persian language pedagogy, and Persian as a Heritage language. Her first book, Agreement Restrictions in Persian was published by Purdue University Press & Rozenberg and re-published by University of Leiden & University of Chicago Press. Her book adopts Chomsky’s Minimalist Program to examine Persian language agreement patterns. Her second book, Persian in Use: An Elementary Textbook of Language and Culture was published by Leiden University Press & University of Chicago Press  in 2015 and is currently adopted as part of the first year curriculum at numerous universities. Dr. Sedighi is the co-editor of the Oxford Handbook of Persian Linguistics for Oxford University Press. She is also co-editing a special volume on Persian language pedagogy for the Journal of the International Society of Iranian Studies.

Dr. Sedighi is the co-designer of the Computerized Assessment of Persian Proficiency Tests, a project of the Center for Applied Second Language Studies at the University of Oregon and the Kevorkian Center for Near East Studies at New York University. She is also the designer of the advanced and superior level Content Based instructional material as part of the CBI Path project of the Middle East Studies Center at PSU. Dr. Sedighi is the recipient of the several awards, fellowships, and grants including the Best Paper Award of the Canadian Linguistic Association, the Roshan Cultural Heritage Institute Fellowship, and thePARSA Community Foundation Grant through which she organized many community events including Lecture Series, Film Series, and Concerts, and also brought to PSU a renowned scholar of Persian Literature, Prof. Dick Davis during 2013.


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