Nahal Akbari

Nahal Akbari
Assistant Clinical Professor
Director, Persian Flagship
and Capstone Programs
Tel: 301-405-9910
Office: 3110 H. J. Patterson Hall

Dr. Nahal Akbari is the director of the Persian language program, including its Flagship and Capstone components. Since 1996, she has taught ESL, ESP, academic writing courses, and Persian as an additional language.  Her research interests include intercultural rhetoric, academic literacy, second language writing, and teacher education.

Manizhe Galledari
Instructor, Persian Flagship Program
Tel: (301) 405-8197
Office: 3139 H. J. Patterson Hall

Manizhe Galledari has master's degree in teaching Persian to non-native speakers. She taught Persian at Qazvin International University in Iran for 14 years, and also taught numerous short-term courses in other universities both inside and outside of Iran. She is the author of three books and co-writer of 2 others in the field of teaching Persian language. Her main interest is working on different language skills.


Kelly Flanagan
Project Manager, Persian Flagship Program
Tel: (301) 405-9266
Office: 3127 H. J. Patterson Hall

Kelly Flanagan is the Project Manager for Arabic and Persian. Kelly has a certification in Program Management and has applied this knowledge in the fields of international development and international educational exchange focusing on the Middle East and North Africa. She has an MA in International Relations from Johns Hopkins University School of Advanced International Studies (SAIS) where she focused on Conflict Management. Kelly has studied in Jordan and Italy and loves exploring cultural intricacies, a passion that has found a happy home at UMD.

Ali Abasi

Ali R. Abasi
Associate Professor
Persian Undergraduate Advisor
Tel: 301-405-3315
Office: 1220A Jiménez Hall
3112 H. J. Patterson Hall

Dr. Ali R. Abasi is the Assistant Director for the Persian Flagship Program and an assistant professor of Persian and his primary research interest is second language writing. Some of his most recent publications have appeared in the Journal of Second Language Writing, Journal of Language and Politics, English for Specific Purposes, and Journal of English for Academic Purposes.

Jay Ritch

Joseph Ritch
Coordinator, Persian Flagship Program
Tel: (301) 405-2181
Office: 3116 H. J. Patterson Hall

Jay is a program assistant for the Persian Flagship Program. He graduated from the program in 2016 and prior to that earned degrees in Germanic Studies and Linguistics from the University of Maryland. During his undergraduate studies, Jay served as the editor-in-chief of Roshangar: Roshan Undergraduate Persian Studies Journal and worked in computational linguistics research with the Center for Advanced Study of Language. He is proficient in German and Persian and has studied in both Tajikistan and Germany.

Hilary Robertson Collado

Abbas Ruzbeh Jamshidi
House Mentor, Persian Flagship Program

Abbas has a Master’s Degree from Shiraz University in English Language and Literature and has taught undergraduate students in Iran. Abbas is currently pursuing a PhD in Comparative Literature at the University of Maryland. For his dissertation he examines Persian and English literary traditions, trying to study a discourse of “othering” he specifies in certain texts. He stayed in India for a year (2012-13) advancing his dissertation research on Zoroastrian manuscripts and old lithographed books.

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