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Emad Mirmotahari

Associate Professor
McAnulty College and Graduate School of Liberal Arts

College Hall 630B
Phone: 412.396.6420


Ph.D., Comparative Literature, University of California, Los Angeles, 2008
M.A., Comparative Literature, University of California, Los Angeles, 2005
M.A., History, California State University, Long Beach, 2002
B.A., History, University of California, Irvine, 1999

Mirmotahari's expertise is modern African fiction, fiction from throughout the African diaspora, postcolonial literature, and world literature. He is also interested in translation studies and theory.


Mirmotahari teaches courses in African fiction, fiction from throughout the African diaspora, Latin American fiction, and world and postcolonial fiction broadly. He teaches courses on narratives of exile, immigration, and displacement on a regular basis.


"Literary Methods and Community Engagement: The Case of Katherine Mansfield's ‘Garden Party.'" Reflections, vol 18, no 1, Spring/Summer 2018, pp. 132-157.

"Hearn's Chita and the Spanish-speaking Americas." Studies in the Novel, vol 50 no 2, 2018, pp. 213-232.

"Presuming Translation." Translation Review 96 (2016): 21-33.

"The Local as the Global: Reflections on Teaching World Literature." World Literature Today 90.3-4 (May-August 2016): 52-56.

" 'A Cloud of Semitic Mohammedanism': The African Novel and the Muslim Question in the National Age." Interventions. 17.1 (2015): 45-63.

"Harlemite, Detective, African?: The Many Selves of Rudolph Fisher's Conjure Man Dies." Callaloo 36.2 (Spring 2013): 268-278.

"From Black Britain to Black Internationalism in Abdulrazak Gurnah's Pilgrims Way." English Studies in Africa 56.1 (2013): 17-27.

"Mapping Race: The Discourse of Blackness in Rudolph Fisher's Walls of Jericho." Journal of African-American Studies 16.3 (2012): 574-587.

"Paul Gilroy's Black Atlantic in Africa's Other Diaspora." New Perspectives on the Black Atlantic: Definitions, Readings, Practices, Dialogues. Eds. Pilar Cuder and Benedicte Ledent. Bern: Peter Lang, 2012.

"History as Project and Source in Achebe's Things Fall Apart." Postcolonial Studies 14.4 (2011): 371-383.

Islam in the Eastern African Novel. London and New York: Palgrave, 2011.

Review of India in Africa, Africa in India: Indian Ocean Cosmopolitanisms, Ed. John C. Hawley. African Studies Quarterly 11.4 (Summer 2010). 140-141.

Review of The Beautiful Things That Heaven Bears, by Dinaw Megestu. Ufahamu: A Journal of African Studies Volume 35, Issue 1, 2009.

Review of Amina by Mohammed Umar.  Ufahamu:  A Journal of African Studies Volume 35, Issue 1, 2009.

"Estranged" Miraftabi, Morteza. Translated from the Persian. Translation: A Journal of Translation Studies. 2 (2007): 25-29.

Review of Africa, Football, and FIFA:  Politics, Colonialism, and Resistance by Paul Darby. Ufahamu:  Journal of African Studies, 33:2, 51-55, 2007.



'Comparative Immigrant Narratives.' Center for Interpretive and Qualitative Research, Social Justice Group Meeting. Pittsburgh, PA. January 2012.

'Under the Lens: Investigating Race in Rudolph Fisher's The Conjure-Man Dies.' American Literature Association/Mysterious America. Savannah, Georgia. September 2011.

'Men With Civilisations But Without Countries.' African Literature Association. Athens, Ohio. April 2011.

'The Question of Secularity in the Sub-Saharan African Novel.' Religion and Spirituality in Society Conference. Chicago, Illinois, February 2011.

Conference Planning Committee, Panel Co-organiser & Chair (Proud to Swim Home: In Search of the Old in the New Orleans) and Presenter:
'En las sombras de la Nouvelle Orleans.' American Comparative Literature Association. New Orleans, Louisiana. April 2010.

'Translating Islam in Abdulrazak Gurnah's Paradise.' Constellations: Comparative Literature and the New Humanities. Atlanta, Georgia. October 2009.

'The Anti-Arab Motif in the sub-Saharan African Novel.' African Literature Association. Burlington, Vermont. April 2009.

Panel Organiser and Chair (African Metatexts) and Chair ('Revising Revisions: Islam, Gender, and the Discourse of History in Nuruddin Farah's From a Crooked Rib.' African Literature Association. Macomb, Illinois. April 2008.)

'Independent Teaching and the Pedagogy of Course Design.' UCLA Comparative Pedagogies Forum: Critical Reflections on a Neglected Art. Los Angeles, California. September 2007.

Panel Organiser and Chair ('Latin America, the "Other" Black Atlantic.' American Comparative Literature Association. Puebla, Mexico. April 2007.)

Co-Organiser and Chair ('Soccer, Nationalism, and Globalization in Africa.' UCLA James S. Coleman African Studies Center. Los Angeles, California. May 2006.)

'The (Im)possibility of African Philosophy.' American Comparative Literature Association. Princeton, New Jersey. March 2006.

'Transatlanticism Reconsidered: Gilroy and Abdulrazak Gurnah's By the Sea.' Southern Comparative Literature Association. Columbia, South Carolina. September 2004.

'Islam as Spectre in Hedayat's Blind Owl.' American Comparative Literature Association. Ann Arbor, Michigan. April 2004.

When Mirmotahari is not teaching, reading, or writing, he follows three football clubs: River Plate (Argentina), Ajax (Holland), and Barcelona.