Alexander Jabbari

I am a literary historian working at the intersections of literary studies, history, and philology. My main interest is in the modernization of Persianate literary traditions in the 19th and 20th centuries. I am primarily a Persianist, but I pay special attention to Persian's interactions with other literary traditions, and as such I also work with materials in neighboring languages (Arabic, Turkish, and Urdu), and also maintain an interest in the history of European Orientalism (English, French, Italian, and Spanish).

Educational Background & Specialties

Educational Background

  • PhD: Comparative Literature, University of California, Irvine, 2017.
  • BA: Community Studies, University of California, Santa Cruz, 2008.


  • Persian literature
  • Sexuality
  • Nationalism and colonialism
  • Modernization
Courses Taught
  • Iranian Society Through Cinema
  • Islamic Mysticism
  • Language Politics Across Asia
  • Jabbari, Alexander. "The Making of Modernity in Persianate Literary History." Comparative Studies of South Asia, Africa and the Middle East 36(3) (2016): 418-434. Link