Pardis Minuchehr

Pardis Minuchehr

Director of the Persian Program, Assistant Professor of Persian
Address: Elliott School of International Affairs
1957 E Street, NW
Washington, DC, 20052
Phone: 202-994-7948


Pardis Minuchehr teaches Persian language, literature and cinema courses at George Washington University.  She has extensive experience in teaching Persian at the University level, including teaching at the University of Pennsylvania before joining the faculty at GWU.  In 2011, she was a Fulbright Fellow in Berlin, where she taught Iranian Cinema at the Free University of Berlin.

Professor Minuchehr has been the Principle Investigator and consultant on various private and national grants, including a Program Director on four Persian Startalk Professional Development Grants ( at the University of Pennsylvania and GWU, where she conducts training for faculty in methodological and pedagogical approaches to teaching languages.  She has also consulted for various non-profit and academic institutions for a wide range of issues from language acquisition to media, culture, history and politics of Iran.  She developed along with Nicole Mills “Standards-Based Goals for Beginning Persian: GOALS, OBJECTIVES, EVALUATION AND LEARNING OUTCOMES”.

Her scholarly research focuses on studies on Modern Iran, the intellectual discourses of the Constitutional Revolution, the Iranian press, gender discourses, Iranian Cinema and Arts, language and literature, medieval literature, Islamic mysticism, and Persian language teaching and learning.  Her research has been published in academics journals, encyclopaedias and book chapters, and she is currently completing a monograph on Modern Iran’s intellectual and aesthetic discourses.

Professor Minuchehr has convened several conferences, most recently an international conference in Berlin on Iranian cinema, and has delivered numerous scholarly presentations at major national and international conferences. She received an M. Phil and Ph.D. from Columbia University, and an M.A. from the University of Massachusetts, Amherst.  She completed her B.A. in Tehran at the Allameh Tabatabaii University in Iran.

 She is currently the President of the American Association of Teachers of Persian (, and serves as the Professional Development Steering Committee member of the National Middle Eastern Language Resource Center.