Wali Ahmadi

Job title: 
Professor of Persian Literature and Department Chair; CMES Senior Research Scholar
Middle Eastern Languages & Cultures

Wali Ahmadi, a native of Kabul, Afghanistan, came to the United States after  graduating from high school in 1982. He received his B.A. in Political and Social sciences from California State University, Hayward (now East Bay) in 1987. In spring 1997, he was awarded a Ph.D. in Comparative Literature from UCLA. From 1997-2000 he taught at the Department of Asian and Middle Eastern Languages and Cultures at the University of Virginia. Since 2000, he has been teaching Persian literature in the Near Eastern Studies Department at UC Berkeley. He was promoted to the rank of Associate Professor in 2007 and also serves as the departmental Undergraduate Adviser. Ahmadi’s primary areas of interest include classical and modern Persian literature, literary theory and criticism, and cultural history.


284 Social Sciences Building