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Zjaleh Hajibashi


Phone: 434-924-4641

PO Box 400781
Department of Middle Eastern and South Asian
Languages and Cultures
Charlottesville, VA 22904-4781

Research Interests

Zjaleh Hajibashi was born in Denton, Texas. Her interest in Iranian culture combined with a love for literature determined the course of her educational pursuits and her career path. She completed a B.A. in English Literature from Rice University then moved to Austin to explore Middle Eastern languages and cultures. She has a Master's Degree in Persian Literature and a Ph.D. in Comparative Literature from the University of Texas. Hajibashi joined the Persian Program at the University of Virginia in Fall 2000. Her forthcoming book, The Fiction of the Post-Revolution Woman, required extensive research in Iran, where she served as editor of Film International. Her current project is a study of post-Revolution prison memoirs titled, "Writing Confinement: The Limits of Autobiographical Expression in Iran." She is also at work on a novel that she hopes will communicate not the gap between the repressive world of post-Revolution Iran and the U.S., but the creeping coalescence. Her articles on Persian literature and her reviews of recent writing on the Middle East have appeared in Critique, Edebiyat, Iranian Studies, Journal of Middle East Studies, and Middle East Report. Her work also appears in A World Between.


  • Bachelor of Arts (BA), Rice University
  • Master of Arts (MA), University of Texas System : Austin
  • Doctor of Philosophy (PhD), University of Texas System : Austin