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Azadeh Safaeian

Bridge to Faculty Postdoctoral Research Associate, Disability and Human Development


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1640 W. Roosevelt Rd., 242 DHSP

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By appointment


My research and teaching interests include disability and trauma studies, care studies, postcolonial environmental humanities, animal studies, and film theory. Located at the intersection of critical disability studies and trauma theory, my current book project attends to the discursive and non-discursive representations of somatic pain and psychological trauma in the literatures and cinemas of minority groups in the context of the Middle East.
I have a Ph.D. and an M.A. in Comparative Literary Studies from Northwestern University, a B.A. in English Literature from Ferdowsi University of Mashhad, and a B.S. in Biology from Azad University of Mashhad. I also hold certificates in Critical Theory (Northwestern), Middle East and North African Studies (Northwestern), Searle Teaching Program (Northwestern), and World Literature (Harvard University and the University of Tokyo). In addition to my native Persian and Kurdish (Kurmanji), I work in English, French, and Arabic.

Selected Grants

Social Science Research Council, Mellon International Dissertation Research Fellowship,

American Council of Learned Societies, Dissertation Completion Fellowship,


Ph.D. Comparative Literary Studies, Northwestern University, December 2022
M.A. Comparative Literary Studies, Northwestern University, 2018
B.A. English Language and Literature, Ferdowsi University, Iran, 2014
B.S. General Biology, Azad University, Iran, 2004