Maziyar is a Ph.D. Candidate in Comparative Literary Studies at Northwestern University. He received his B.A. in English and M.A. in Translation Studies and English from Ferdowsi University of Mashhad in Iran. His dissertation examines the emergence of a decolonial critique of the sovereign subject and identity politics in the network of relation between modern Persian poetry, Iranian new-wave cinema, and the left-wing global modernism (1920s-1970s). Maziyar’s teaching and research interests include global modernism, critical theory in the global south, postcolonial translation studies, film theory, and modern literatures and cinemas of the Middle East with a focus on Iran. His dissertation was supported by the Paris Program in Critical Theory Fellowship (2015-2016) at Northwestern and an article drawn from it won the highly-competitive inaugural Ferdowsi Tusi Award for the Best Student Research in Persian Literature and Culture from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill (2018). At Northwestern, He is a graduate affiliate of the Middle East and North African Studies Program, the Buffett Institute for Global Studies, and the Program in Critical Theory. Maziyar has organized several academic seminars and workshops in Iran and the United States. Since 2011, he has been a member of the editorial board of Naqd-e Adabi (Literary Criticism Quarterly)—a peer-reviewed journal of literary theory at Tarbiat Modares University in Tehran.