I was born in Mashhad, a large city in the Northeast Iran. When I was 23, I moved to the U.S. to study my master's. I already have a bachelor's in English literature so that was my initial link to folklore. I have two older sisters, and a little nephew who is almost 3 now.
I went to Ferdowsi University of Mashhad in Iran. It was a real large school and one of the best in the country.
I've been studying English since I was 13. At 17, I started teaching English as a tutor and later began to teach classes in language institutes. I also did some translation jobs for different companies.
I accidentally learned about folklore when I was searching for graduate programs in mythology. What really fascinates me about folklore is how it can both construct and reflect people's concerns, beliefs and worldview. The apparently "insignificant" expression and practices of normal, ordinary people can be of much broader significance and impact, and that's what really interests me about the study of folklore.
My husband, Ehsan and I have many made-up languages that we speak a lot. It's mostly gibberish basically but it's kind of close to Orc language. It's totally nonsense but based on the context we understand each other. That's one of the fun parts of our lives!
What's your favorite word of phrase that sounds like a swear word?
I don't have a word that matches that description! I just use normal swear words when I swear!