I am Director of the University Honors Program and Associate Professor in the Department of English, Technical Communication, and Media Arts. I completed my Ph.D. in 2004 in rhetoric and professional communication with a concentration in philosophy from Iowa State University of Science and Technology, where I also had received an M.A. in English and a B.A. in literary studies with a minor in German.
I was born and raised in Iran, attended high school in Iran and West Germany, and have lived in the United States for the last twenty-five years. Besides English and Persian, I am fluent in German and am working on my Arabic.