Jasmin Darznik Assistant Professor of English

Jasmin Darznik

Washington 111
Website - Curriculum Vitae
On Leave 2013-2014.


  • Ph.D., M.A., English Literature, Princeton University 
  • J. D., University of California, Hastings College
  • M.F.A., Fiction, Bennington College (expected June 2014)
  • B.A., magna cum laude, English Literature and German, University of California, Los Angeles 


Twentieth century and contemporary American literature, ethnic American autobiography and fiction, postcolonial literatures in English, creative writing.


  • Writing 100: First Year Writing Seminar/Becoming American
  • Writing 100: First Year Writing Seminar/American Autobiography
  • English 203: Introduction to Creative Writing
  • English 206: Introduction to Writing Creative Nonfiction
  • English 262: Literature, Race and Ethnicity
  • English 293: Topics in American Literature: History, Trauma, and Human Rights
  • English 299: Contemporary American Creative Nonfiction
  • English 308: Advanced Creative Writing-Fiction
  • English 309: Advanced Creative Writing-Memoir
  • English 369: Contemporary American Fiction
  • English 380: Twentieth Century American Immigrant Literatures
  • English 413: Literature and Human Rights
  • English 413: The Art of the Essay

Selected Publications


The Good Daughter: A Memoir of My Mother's Hidden Life (Grand Central Publishing, January 2011). A New York Times bestseller, translated into eight languages and published in thirteen countries.

Anthologized Work

  • "Unveiled," Tremors: New Fiction by Iranian Americans, co-edited by Persis Karim and Anita Amirrezvani (University of Arkansas Press, 2013).
  • "Persian, English," The Blair Reader (8th edition). Edited by Laurie Kirszner and Stephen Mandell (Longman Pearson, 2013).
  • "California Dreams, Iranian Décor," California Prose Directory: New Writing from the Golden State. Edited by Charles McLeod (forthcoming from Outpost19 Press, Spring 2013).
  • "Transcontinental Candy," Love and Pomegranates: New Stories from Iran. Edited by Meghan Sayres (forthcoming from Nortia Press, Spring 2013).

Selected Essays

  • "California Dreams, Iranian Decor," New York Times (Aug. 2012).
  • "Home Is Where They Let You Live," New York Times (May 2012).
  • "My Mother, Her Secrets," New York Times (May 2010).
  • "Avenue Monireyeh," Cimarron Review (Winter 2009).
  • "Driving American," San Francisco Chronicle Magazine (Dec. 2007).
  • "Masquerade," Washington Post Magazine (Oct. 2007).
  • "Persian, English," ArteNews (July 2007).
  • "Safety Zone," San Francisco Chronicle Magazine (Nov. 2006).
  • "The Shah's New Clothes," Los Angeles Times Magazine (Sept. 2006).
  • "Homecoming," ZYZZYVA (Fall 2006).
  • "Transcontinental Candy," San Francisco Chronicle Magazine (Oct. 2005).


  • "Unveiled," Tremors: New Fiction by Iranian Americans, co-edited by Persis Karim and Anita Amirrezvani (2013).
  • "Ziba," The Los Angeles Review 4 (Winter 2007).
  • "Ablutions," Alimentum (Winter 2007/2008).
  • "Zari," Twelve Ways (July 2006).

Scholarly Articles and Reviews

  • “Love and Other Poetic Inventions: Reimaging the Beloved in Shahriar Mandanipour’s Censoring an Iranian Love Story.” To be published in Beloved: Love and Languishing in Middle Eastern Literatures, I.B. Tauris, Spring 2014.
  • "Passionate Uprisings: Iran's Sexual Revolution," Journal of Middle East Women's Studies (Fall 2011).
  • "Forough Goes West: The Legacy of Forough Farrokhzad in Iranian Diasporic Art and Literature," The Journal of Middle East Women's Studies (Winter 2010),
  • "The Perils and Seductions of Home: Iranian American Return Narratives," Multi-Ethnic Literatures of the United States (MELUS), special issue on Iranian American Literature (Summer 2008).
  • "Dreaming in Persian: An Interview with Gina Nahai," MELUS (Summer 2008).
  • "The Art, Life and Legacy of Forough Farrokhzad, Iran's Poet of Exile," Women's Review of Books (Nov./Dec. 2006).
  • "Veiled Readings-Contemporary Autobiographies from the Middle East." Review of Soft Weapons by Gillian Whitlock and Let Me Tell You Where I Have Been by Persis Karim. Women's Review of Books (Jan./Feb. 2006).
  • "Leaving Home-and Finding It," Women's Review of Books (Jan/.Feb. 2006).


Sin: A Novel

Middle East/West: Literature by Middle Eastern American Women Since 1979


  • Outstanding Faculty Award (Rising Star), State Council of Higher Education for Virginia (2013)
  • Saroyan International Prize for Writing, Nonfiction Shortlist Selection (2012)
  • People's Choice Award, Library of Virginia, Finalist in Nonfiction (2012)
  • Corporation of Yaddo Residency (2012)
  • Liam Rector Scholarship, Bennington Writing Seminars (2012)
  • Virginia Foundation for the Humanities Fellowship (2011-2012)
  • William Sloan Fellowship in Nonfiction, Bread Loaf Writers' Conference (Summer 2011)
  • Mednick Fellowship, Virginia Foundation for Independent Colleges (Summer 2011)
  • Norman Mailer Writers' Colony Scholarship (Summer 2010)
  • Steinbeck Fellowship in Creative Writing (2008-2009)
  • Iowa Review Award for Creative Non-Fiction (2007 finalist)
  • Zoetrope: All-Story Short Fiction Prize (2006)
  • Tanenbaum Award for Creative Non-Fiction (2006)
  • Marin Arts Council New Work Fellowship (2005-2007)