Sheida Dayani is a PhD candidate at the department of Middle Eastern and Islamic Studies at NYU. Her research is on modern theatre and playwriting in nineteenth- and twentieth-century Iran. Her dissertation, "Modern Iranian Theatre and the Emergence of Playwriting," focuses on performance, translation, and political resistance.
Sheida has a graduate background in Middle East history with an emphasis on legal and political history at CUNY Graduate Center, and a professional background in legal research at the Brooklyn-based firm, Federal Defenders of New York. Her first degree, also from NYU, is in English and American literature with a focus on translation.
Sheida’s teaching experience includes Persian courses at NYU department of Middle Eastern and Islamic Studies and Hunter College department of Classics, in addition to assisting to teach courses on early Islamic history at NYU. Sheida was born and raised in Iran, and her classes extensively draw on modern poetry, fiction, and film.
She is currently on the steering committee of Iranian Studies Initiative at NYU. Since she joined in 2011, Sheida has served as event curator, discussant, moderator, and member of the search-committee and organizing-committee for Junior Scholars Research Workshop (May 2013).
A published poet and translator, Sheida Dayani has numerous Persian publications in literary journals in Iran, namely Bukhara and Negāh-e Noe.