Farkhondeh Shayesteh is a Senior Lector in Persian and the coordinator of the Persian program. She holds a PhD in Persian Studies and Master’s Degrees in Applied Linguistics and Middle Eastern Studies. Her interests include modern Persian literature, literary translation, and Iranian cinema. The significance of Persian language, literature, and cinema in the formation, reinforcement, and exploration of identity is of particular interest to her. She draws on her training in applied linguistics and second language acquisition to inform her approaches to language pedagogy, and she is also a certified ACTFL OPI rater.