Farkhondeh Shayesteh is the Persian Program Coordinator at Yale. She holds a PhD in Persian Studies and Master’s Degrees in Middle Eastern Studies and Applied Linguistics. Her research interests include 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, in addition to her research on Persian literature, to inform her approaches to language pedagogy, and she is also an ACTFL certified OPI tester and rater. Her recent projects feature the application of Western theories and concepts to the analysis of Persian literature.