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Associate Teaching Professor and Language CoordinatorMaryam Borjian

Email: mborjian@rci.rutgers.edu

Phone: 848-445-0275

Office: 15 Seminary Place Room 5122, College Avenue Campus

Office Hours: By Appointment

Maryam Borjian is Associate Teaching Professor of Sociolinguistics and Coordinator of African, Middle Eastern and South Asian Language Program in the Department of African, Middle Eastern and South Asian Languages and Literatures at Rutgers, the State University of New Jersey. She has degrees from Columbia University’s Teachers College (Doctorate in Educational Linguistics with a focus on Language Policy), Hunter College, City University of New York (Masters in TESOL/Applied Linguistics), and University of Tehran (Masters in Comparative and Historical Linguistics).

Much of her research work focuses on the politics, economics and sociology of language in the contexts of Africa, the Middle East and South Asia. She is best known for writing English in Post-Revolutionary Iran: From Indigenization to Internationalization (Multilingual Matters, 2013), a pioneering book on the history and status of the English language in Iran, which currently severs as a reference book on the topic. She is the co-editor of Middle Eastern Languages in Diasporic USA Communities as special issue for the International Journal of the Sociology of Language, 237 (2016, Berlin: Mouton de Gruyter). Her current research project is an autoethnographic edited volume, Language and Globalization: An Autoethnographic Approach (Routledge, 2017), which benefits from the contributions of many seminal linguists from all over the world. She is an optimist who firmly believes that the world can be a better place through multilingualism, linguistic pluralism, inclusion and diversity. She has been a guest speaker in several universities and organizations, including The British Council, Columbia University, University of London (Birkbeck), The Graduate Center of the City University of New York, Teachers College, Columbia University, and University of Pennsylvania.

She served in the National Fulbright Committee, Committee for English Language Teaching Assistantships in Near East/North Africa (2011), sat on the executive board of the American Association of Teachers of Persian (2011-2014), and has been invited as a guest reviewer in many peer-reviewed academic journals, including Journal of Sociolinguistics, Journal of Language Policy, Journal of Modern Language Association of America, Journal of Multilingual and Multicultural Development, Journal of Foreign Language Teaching (Singapore), International Journal of Educational Development, and Journal of Forum for International Research in Education.

Selected Publications


Borjian, M. (ed.) (2017).Language and Globalization: An Autoethnographic Approach. New York and London: Routledge.

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

Journal Special Edition      

Borjian, M. & Häberl, C. (eds.) (2016). Middle Eastern Languages in Diasporic USA CommunitiesInternational Journal of the Sociology of Language, 237.Berlin: Mouton de Gruyter.

Book Chapters and Articles

Borjian, M. (2017). The Diverging Images of Globalization: A Journey in Books and Photos. In M. Borjian (ed.), Language and Globalization: An Autoethnographic Approach. New York and London: Routledge (forthcoming).

Borjian, M. (2017). Introduction. In M. Borjian (ed.), Language and Globalization: An Autoethnographic Approach. New York and London: Routledge (forthcoming).

Borjian, M. (2016). Issues and Challenges in Constructing Identity in an Adopted Home: Being an Iranian Professor in America. In A. Komisarof & H. Zhu (eds.), Crossing Boundaries: Weaving Work, Life, and Scholarship. Routledge.

Borjian, M. & Häberl, C. (2016). Introduction: 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. (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.

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.

Shirazi, R. & Borjian, M. (2013). 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. (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, 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

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)

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Language and Globalization

Language and Colonialism

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


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