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About Iraj Omidvar

I am Associate Professor in the Department of English.  I completed my Ph.D. in 2004 in rhetoric and professional communication with a concentration in philosophy from Iowa State University of Science and Technology, where I had also received an M.A. in English and a B.A. in literary studies with a minor in German.

I was born and raised in Iran, attended high school in Iran and West Germany, and have lived in the United States for the last thirty years. Besides English and Persian, I am fluent in German and am working on my Arabic.

My research is cross-disciplinary and explores alternatives to objectivist theories of knowledge, which historically have served to perpetuate a range of authoritarian structures such as slavery, patriarchy, and colonialism as well as to draw sharp conceptual divisions between the humanities and technical fields. The goal of my research is to understand social conditions in which good ideas can be formed through communication of views by heterogeneous groups. An area of my studies is intercultural translation, whether between people of various nationalities, cultures, and languages or between public (in literature and journalism) and professional and expert languages in modern industrial societies. For example, I have been studying how Europeans and colonized societies have viewed each other and what scholars in humanities and technical fields understand about each other’s specialties.  I have also been studying the implications of the shifting boundaries of public, private, and professional discourse communities as effected by the dramatic rise in the use of networked digital media.  

Positions

Present Associate Professor of English and Professional Communication, Kennesaw State University School of Conflict Management, Peacebuilding and Development
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