Professor Ahmadi

Wali Ahmadi

Associate Professor of Persian Literature
250 Barrows Hall
University of California, Berkeley
Berkeley, California 9472-1940
Telephone: (510)643-6164
Fax: (510)643-8430


Professor Wali Ahmadi, a native of Kabul, Afghanistan, came to the United Steates after  graduating from high school in 1982. He received a B.A. in political and social sciences from California State University, Hayward (now East Bay) in 1987. In spring 1997, he was awarded a Ph.D. in Comparative Literature from UCLA. From 1997-2000 he taught at the Department of Asian and Middle Eastern Languages and Cultures at the University of Virginia. Since 2000, he has been teaching Persian literature in the Near Eastern Studies Department at UC Berkeley. He was promoted to the rank of Associate Professor in 2007 and also serves as the departmental Undergraduate Adviser. Professor Ahmadi’s primary areas of interest include classical and modern Persian literature, literary theory and criticism, and cultural history. Interesting links:

Modern Persian Literature in Afghanistan: Anomalous Visions of History and Form (London and New York: Routledge, 2008). 

The Barren Sky of Hope: Contemporary Persian Poetry in English Translation. (In Progress)

Iran Nameh: Journal of the Foundation for Iranian Studies (Washington, DC), vol. XXII, nos. 1-2 (2005).

Naqd va Arman/Critique & Vision: An Afghan Journal of the Social Sciences and Humanities (1995-2003).

Near Eastern Studies 162A-162B        History of Persian Literature
Near Eastern Studies 175                   History and Culture of Afghanistan
Persian 102A-102B                           Classical Persian Prose
Persian 103A-103B                           Classical Persian Poetry
Persian 104A-104B                           Contemporary Persian Literature
Persian 105                                      Discursive and Analytical Persian Texts
Persian 200                                      Advanced topics in Persian Literature
Persian 298                                      Graduate Seminar