Dr Nedda Mehdizadeh is a Full-Time Lecturer in Writing Programs at the University of California, Los Angeles. Her primary research centres on the complex transnational encounters between Persia’s Safavid natives and their English visitors: she is writing her first monograph about this topic entitled, “Translating Persia in Early Modern English Writing,” and an essay from this project called "Robert Sherley and the Persian Habit" in the edited collection, England's Asian Renaissance, is forthcoming with the University of Delaware Press, Early Modern Exchange series. Her scholarly contributions also include work on Premodern Critical Race Studies and Shakespeare Studies, including an article recently published in the Journal of American Studies called “Othello in Harlem: Transforming Theatre in Djanet Sears’s Harlem Duet.” Her teaching interests centre on early modern studies, critical race studies, and critical diversity studies, and she is working on an article about pedagogical techniques for inclusive curriculum. She actively participates in national conferences and has held a variety of research fellowships at archives including the William Andrews Clark Memorial Library and the Folger Shakespeare Library. She tweets @Prof_NMehdiz.