Reza Ghahramani

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Reza Ghahramani

Lecturer in Persian; CMES Senior Research Scholar

Reza Ghahramani, Lecturer in Persian, Department of Near Eastern Studies

Born in Shiraz/ Iran. I first started to learn German after High school on my own and quickly grew to love the German language, and eventually decided to earn two bachelor’s degrees at once: one in “German Language and Literature” from the Shahid Beheshti University (SBU) and one in the “Applied Translation” (German-Persian) from the Islamic Azad University Central Tehran Branch (IAUCTB) both in Tehran. 

I continued my education at the Tarbiat Modares University (TBU) in Tehran receiving a M.A. in ”German Pedagogy”. I wrote my MA thesis on “Kafka’s parables and how to apply them in Teaching German at the university level”. 

I began my career working as a lecturer in diverse subjects ranging from the German language to Tourism Management, and also as a freelance tour manager, worked extensively with German- speaking groups on their cultural visits to Iran and translator for over 25 years in Iran. 

In 2010, I immigrated with my family to the USA, where I started to teach the Persian language at the University of California, Berkeley. Beside teaching Persian, I taught the German language (high intermediate level for adults) at the GISSV in Mountain View in 2015.

  In 2017, I served as a German-speaking Tour Manager, handling customized group tours from German-speaking countries in Iran. 

In 2018, I started again to teach languages (both Persian and German) in California. And since Spring 2018, I have been teaching the German language (Adult & 6 grader) at the German School of the East Bay (Saturday School GSEB) in Oakland.  

Beyond my teaching experience in the United States, I also worked as a Persian analyst for the International Computer Science Institute (ICSI) in Berkeley to develop software capable of identifying metaphors in any given text. At ICSI, I mainly researched and annotated metaphors in the Persian language. 

In my free time, I enjoy reading, translating German literary texts such as short stories, novels, and poems, and learning languages. My publications include translations of modern German short stories, poetry, and literary articles on German-speaking writers in Persian. 




‘Asr-e Panjshanbe Literary Journal, Shiraz, Iran (1996-1999)

  • Introduced German-language authors 

  • Distributed nation-wide

Electronic Literary Magazine, Tehran, Iran (2013-2018) 

  • Introduced German-language authors

  • Kargadan Literary Journal, Tehran (2019) 

  • Azema Literary Journal, Tehran (2020)


Academic projects:

Current translation projects (in progress)

  • Translation of the German novel “The Fox was Ever the Hunter” to Persian, written by Herta Müller

  • Working on a Persian textbook for English speaking students

  • Working on a Persian-German dictionary for specialized translators 

  • Introducing the works of lesser-known German-language writers to Persian readers (in progress)


Center for Middle Eastern Studies
University of California, Berkeley
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