Dr. Haidar Khezri is Adjunct Assistant Professor at the Department of Central Eurasian Studies (CEUS) at Indiana University Bloomington. He specializes in the languages and literatures of the Persian, Kurdish and Islamic/ate world. His research in particular focuses on comparative literature (Persian, Arabic, Kurdish, and Turkish), poetry, critical theory, post-colonial literature, translation, world literature, gender studies, and East-West cultural encounters.
Dr. Khezri has conducted fieldwork in Turkey, Iran, Syria, Morocco, Lebanon, Kurdistan, Europe (Germany and Scotland) and most recently the U.S. He has received grants, awards, and fellowships from Indiana University, Bloomington, Mardin Artuklu University (Turkey), Damascus University (Syria), and Lebanese University (Lebanon). In 2014, he was awarded the Title VI, U.S Department of Education by Centre for the Study of the Middle East (CSME) at Indiana University, Bloomington, for developing Kurdish language curriculum for North American universities. From 2012 to 2014 he was awarded Scientific Research Projects Funding, (Bilimsel Araştırma Projeleri), from Mardin Artuklu University in Turkey, for his research in comparative literature in Islamic/ate world.
An expert in the field, Dr. Khezri has recently published his work entitled Comparative Literature in Iran and the Arab World 1903 – 2012. (Samt: 2013) His work It is Only Sound that Remains, which details the life and poetry of Forūgh-i Farrukhzād, including Kurdish translations of two collections of Forough's poetry (Another Birth and Let Us Believe in the Beginning of the Cold Season) is due to be published in 2016. Additionally, Dr. Khezri has published on topics ranging from Kurdish identity to Jerusalem in Persian literature. His current project, a translation of Kafka's Message by Sadegh Hedayat is set to be completed in 2016, as well. His most recent article “Arabic Comparative Literature; Intersection with West Asian Literature” (Alif: Journal of Comparative Poetic: the American University in Cairo: 2015), has been translated to Persian and Kurdish.
Before joining Indiana University, Dr. Khezri has taught at Mardin Artuklu University in Turkey as an assistant professor from 2011 to 2014; and Damascus University and Al-Bath University in Syria from 2007 to 2011 as a lecturer. Dr. Khezri has experience in teaching Persian, Kurdish and Arabic languages. Middle Eastern Literary Genres, contemporary and comparative Persian literature, Arabic literature, translation, and writing methodolgy. In addition, he has proficiency in 6 different languages, including English, Persian, Kurdish, Arabic, Azari and Turkish.