Wali Ahmadi is an Associate Professor of Near Eastern Studies, where he also serves as the departmental undergraduate advisor. Ahmadi, a native of Kabul, Afghanistan, came to the United States after graduating high school in the early 1980s. He earned a B.A. in political and social sciences from California State University, Hayward (now East Bay) in 1987 and a Ph.D. in comparative literature from the University of California, Los Angeles in 1997. Ahmadi’s primary areas of interest include classical and modern Persian literature, literary theory and criticism, and cultural history.

  • Naqd va Arman/Critique & Vision: An Afghan Journal of the Social Sciences and Humanities (1995-2003)
  • Iran Nameh: Journal of the Foundation for Iranian Studies (Washington, DC), vol. XXII, nos. 1–2 (2005)
  • Modern Persian Literature in Afghanistan: Anomalous Visions of History and Form (London and New York: Routledge, 2008).

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