Amy Tahani-Bidmeshki

Mellon Postdoctural Fellow, American Studies


  • Office: Swan Hall 232
  • Office Hours: Tuesday and Thursday 2:30 pm - 3:30 pm or by appointment

Education: B.A., Occidental College; M.A., CSU Los Angeles; Ph.D., UCLA

Dr. Tahani-Bidmeshki is the 2016-2018 Mellon Postdoctural Fellow in American Studies. She teaches literature with an emphasis on African American Literary and Cultural Studies and Iranian/American Literary and Cultural Studies. Her teaching and research interests include American minority literatures and cultures, literary theory, anticolonialism, psychoanalysis, nationalism, the literatures of revolutionary movements, and resistance literature.  Her work focuses on the intersections of race, gender, sexuality, and socioeconomic class in the U.S. and in transnational contexts. Presently, she is working on the far-reach of black radicalism in the Middle East with a specific focus on the theoretical connections between Frantz Fanon and Ali Shariati. Further, she looks at black masculinity and the long history of black fatherhood as a challenge towards Lacan's theory of the Law of the Father.