Maryam Borjian

Assistant Teaching Professor and Language CoordinatorProf. Maryam Borjian

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Dr. Borjian is Language Coordinator and Assistant Teaching Professor at the Department of African, Middle Eastern, and South Asian Languages and Literatures (AMESALL). She was born and raised in Iran, where she attended the University of Tehran from which she obtained her BA in History and her MA in Historical Linguistics. She moved to the United States in late 1999 and attended City University of New York, from which she obtained her MA in TESOL/Applied Linguistics. Her doctorate is in Education with a specialization in Educational Linguistics from Columbia University’s Teachers College.

Her research concerns various sub-fields of Linguistics. Whereas her earlier research were primarily in the field of descriptive linguistics, documenting endangered and minority languages, her current research concerns educational linguistics, sociolinguistics, bi/multilingualism, and language policy and planning. Her courses explore the politics, economics and sociology of language in the contexts of Africa, the Middle East and South Asia during the colonial and global eras.

Selected Publications


Borjian, M. (2013). English in Post-Revolutionary Iran: From Indigenization to Internationalization. Bristol, Buffalo and Toronto: Multilingual Matters.

Journal Special Edition      

Borjian, M. & Haberl, C. (forthcoming). Middle Eastern Languages in Diasporic USA Communities. International Journal of the Sociology of Language, 237.Berlin: Mouton de Gruyter.

Chapters in Books

Borjian, M. (forthcoming). Issues and Challenges in Constructing Identity in an Adopted Home: Being an Iranian Professor in America. In Z. Hua and A. Komisarof (eds.), Crossing Boundaries: Weaving Work, Life, and Scholarship. Routledge.

Borjian, M. (2015). Bridge or Wall? The English Language in Iran. In N. Wadham-Smith (ed.), Didgah--New Perspectives on Iran-UK Cultural Relations. London: The British Council.

Shirazi, R. & Borjian, M. (2012). Persian Bilingual and Community Education among Iranian-Americans in New York City. In O. Garcia, Z. Zakharia, B. Otcu (eds.), Bilingual Community Education and Multilingualism: Beyond Heritage Languages in a Global City (pp. 154-168). Bristol, Buffalo and Toronto: Multilingual Matters.

Borjian, M. & Borjian, H. (2011). Plights of Persian in the Modernization Era. In Joshua Fishman and Ofelia Garcia (eds.), Handbook of Language and Ethnic Identity: The Success-Failure Continuum in Language and Ethnic Identity Efforts (Volume 2) (pp. 254-67). Oxford & New York: Oxford University Press.

Borjian, M.(2010). Policy Privatization and Empowerment of Sub-National Forces: The Case of Private English Language Institutes in Iran. Viewpoints Special Edition: Middle East Institute (MEI) Series on Higher Education and the Middle East (vol. 1): Serving the Knowledge-Based Economy, 1: 58-61. DC: the Middle East Institute

Articles in Refereed Journals

Borjian, M. & Haberl, C. (forthcoming). At the Intersection of Language and Social Variables: The Case of Middle Eastern Languages in the United States. International Journal of Sociology of Language, 237. Berlin: Mouton de Gruyter

Borjian, M. (2014). Language-Education Policies and International Institutions: The World Bank’s and UNESCO’s Global Framework. Language Problems and Language Planning, 38/1: 1-18.

Borjian, M. (2011). The Rise and Fall of a Partnership: The British Council and Iran (2001-2009). International Journal of Iranian Studies, 44/4: 541-62.

Borjian, H. Borjian, M. (2008). The Last Galesh Herdsman: Ethno-Linguistic Materials from South Caspian Rainforests. International Journal of Iranian Studies, 41 (3): 365-402.

Borjian, H. Borjian, M. (2007). Mysterious Memories of a Woman: Ethno-Linguistic Materials from Rural Mazandaran. Iran and the Caucasus, 11 (2): 226-254.

Borjian, H. Borjian, M. (2007). Marriage Rites in South Caspian Villages: Ethnographic and Linguistics Materials from Mazandaran. Oriental Archive: Quarterly Journal of African and Asian Studies, 75 (2): 191-214.

AMESALL Courses (Past and Present)

Language and Globalization

Language and Society in Africa, the Middle East, and South Asia

Language and Colonialism

Persian Epic Literature


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