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Borjian, Dr. Maryam

Email: mborjian at rci.rutgers.edu
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Ed.D., International and Transcultural Studies (Language and Education), Teachers College, Columbia University
Ed.M., International and Transcultural Studies (Language and Education), Teachers College, Columbia University
MA, TESOL/Applied Linguistics, Hunter College, City University of New York
M.A., and B.A., Comparative Historical Linguistics and History, University of Tehran

Professor Borjian, Columbia University’s Teachers College alumna, is the Coordinator of the African, Middle Eastern and South Asian Language Programs, which consist of Arabic, Bengali, Hindi/Urdu, Persian, Sanskrit, Swahili, Turkish, Twi, and Yoruba, in the Department of African, Middle Eastern and South Asian Languages and Literatures (AMESALL), where she also teaches courses on the politics, economics and sociology of African, Middle Eastern and South Asian languages in the contexts of colonialization, nationalization, modernization and globalization.

Prior to joining Rutgers, Professor Borjian taught graduate and undergraduate students of TESOL/Bilingual Education at City University of New York (CUNY), and supervised and mentored pre-service teachers of Bilingual Education and TESOL at Columbia University’s Teacher College and CUNY. She also taught Persian Language and Culture at Hofstra University together with ESL, EAP, and content-driven ESL courses at various colleges and family literacy programs in New York City. She served in the National Fulbright Committee, Committee for English Language Teaching Assistantships in Near East/North Africa in 2011, served as the external reviewer in various academic journals, and currently sits on the executive board of American Association of Teachers of Persian (AATP). She is a member of Comparative and International Education Society (CIES), the American Association of Applied Linguistics (AAAL), American Council on Teaching Foreign Languages (ACTFL), The National Council of Less Commonly Taught Languages (NCOLCTL), the International Society for Iranian Studies (ISIS), and the Association for the Study of Persianate Societies (ASPS).

Her research interests are in the areas of Educational Linguistics—TESOL/Applied Linguistics, and less commonly taught languages, in part—Language Policy/Planning, Language Ideology, Sociolinguistics, Neoliberalism and Language, the Politics, Economics and Sociology of Middle Eastern Languages, and Endangered Languages. Drawing on theories of Marxism and Postmodernism, her book, English in Post-Revolutionary Iran: From Indigenization to Internationalization (Multilingual Matters, 2013) unravels the story of English in post-revolutionary Iran. To read more on her book, please click here and here.

Selected Publications


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

Book Chapters

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. (with R. Shirazi) 

(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. (with H. Borjian)

Journal Articles

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

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

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

(2007). Marriage Rites in South Caspian Villages: Ethnographic and Linguistics Materials from Māzandarān. Oriental Archive, 75/2: 191-214. (with H. Borjian)

Essays and Encyclopedia Entries 

(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. 

(2008). Amir Pazvari: A Semi-Legendary Poet of Māzandarān.  In Ehsan Yarshater (ed.), Encyclopedia Iranica. Accessible at: Encyclopedia Iranica.

(2008). Isa Sadiq: The Founder of Modern Education in Iran. CIEclopedia: WHO’s WHO in Comparative and International Education Studies, Teachers College, Columbia University.  Accessible at: CIEclopedia.

(2007). Education and Cultural Affairs in Isfahan. In Ehsan Yarshater (ed.),  Encyclopedia Iranica, vol. XIV, fascicle 1: 67-71. Accessible at: Encyclopedia Iranica.

AMESALL Courses (Past and Present)

Language and Globalization

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

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

French and English in the Middle East


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