Master Lecturer in World Languages & Literatures and Core Curriculum, Coordinator of Persian Language Program

Fall 2021 Office Hours: Thursdays 12:30-3:30

Sassan Tabatabai is a poet, translator, editor, and scholar of medieval Persian literature. He regularly teaches all levels of Persian language and literature in WLL, as well as all four humanities and both social science courses in the Core Curriculum.

His work has appeared in a number of publications including Essays in Criticism, The Christian Science MonitorLiterary ImaginationThe Republic of LettersSenecca Review, Leviathan Quarterly, and Harvard Review Online. He is the author of Father of Persian Verse: Rudaki and his Poetry (Leiden University Press, 2010), Uzunburun: Poems. (Pen and Anvil, 2011), Sufi Haiku (Nemi Books, 2021), and translator of the novel Blind Owl by Sadeq Hedayat (Penguin Classics, 2022). He is on the steering committee of the Master of Fine Arts in Literary Translation, and is affiliated faculty with the Global Medieval Studies Program. His current work includes the translation, interpretation, and re-appropriation of classical Persian Sufi poetry. He is also Editor of the pop culture section of the Mizan Project, (follow this link to check out some of his articles). Other than his scholarly and creative pursuits, he is a former amateur boxer with over 30 years of boxing experience. He was featured in Bostonia’s “Secret Lives of Professors” in 2012 (click here to read the article).

Sassan Tabatabai’s CV