Naz Keynejad earned her MA in English Literature with Distinction from California State University Northridge in 2016. She was a 2015-2016 recipient of the Sally Casanova Pre-Doctoral Fellowship, the Association of Retired Faculty Award (CSUN), the Professor Mitchell Marcus Prize in English (CSUN), the Outstanding Teaching Assistant Award in Comparative Literature (UCSB), and the Distinguished Service to the Comparative Literature Program (UCSB). She is currently a PhD candidate (ABD) in Comparative Literature at the University of California, Santa Barbara. Her research interests include literary studies of Early Modern through the Long Eighteenth Century, classical Persian (8th-12th century) prose, poetry, and philosophy, affect theory, and translation studies. Naz has taught courses in Persian Language and Literature, European Literature, and Children’s Literature as Instructor of Record at UCSB and is an Adjunct in the English Department at CSUN, teaching upper division specialized courses on the Age of Enlightenment British literature and the rise of the (British) novel. An active digital humanist, Naz has been involved in various literary digitization projects both at CSUN and UCSB. She is also currently serving a three-year term as a member of the Western Regional Delegate Assembly for the Modern Language Association (MLA), and is a 2021 Mellon Engaging Humanities Graduate Fellow at UCSB.


Doctoral Candidate (ABD) – Comparative Literature (University of California, Santa Barbara)

Masters of Arts (with Distinction) – English Literature (California State University, Northridge)

Bachelor of Arts – English Literature (California State University, Northridge)


Modern Language Association (MLA)

Pacific Ancient and Modern Language Association (PAMLA)

The Renaissance Society of America (RSA)

Jane Austen Society of North America (JASNA)

American Society of Eighteenth-Century Studies (ASECS)

Association for Iranian Studies (AIS)

Shakespeare Association of America (SAA)


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