• Maryam Borjian
  • Teaching Professor
  • Phone: 848-445-4316
  • Office hours: By Appointment
  • Room #: 5122
  • Office address: 15 Seminary Place, College Avenue Campus
  • Education:

    Ed.D. Educational Linguistics, Columbia University

    Ed.M. Educational Linguistics, Columbia University

    M.A. Applied Linguistic/TESOL, City University of New York

    B.A. / M.A. History and Historical Linguistics, University of Tehran

  • Areas of Research/Interest:

    Dr. Borjian is Professor of Sociolinguistics and Language Studies in the Department of African, Middle Eastern and South Asian Languages and Literatures. Her research focuses on the politics, economics and sociology of language, language policy and planning, field linguistics, language documentation, and language and globalization.

  • Articles/Publications:


    Otcu-Grillman & Borjian, M. (2022). Remaking Multilingualism: A Translanguaging Approach. Bristol, Buffalo and Toronto: Multilingual Matters.

    Borjian, M. (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 Communities. International 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.

  • Courses:

    Introduction to Discourse Analysis

    Language and Globalization

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

    Language and Colonialism

    Persian Language and Culture