Naz Keynejad

Graduate Student


Naz Keynejad received her Masters of Arts in English Literature (with Distinction) from California State University, Northridge, in May of 2016, and was the recipient of the 2015-2016 California Sally Casanova Pre-Doctoral Scholarship. She is currently working towards her PhD in Comparative Literature at UCSB. She is fully trained as a writing instructor, and has taught classes as an adjunct lecturer at California State University Northridge in Freshman Composition and Business Communication, and is currently a Teaching Assistant in the Comparative Literature department at UCSB.


Her research looks to investigate the underlying mythology of religious dogma, philosophy, and literary output in the East—focusing on Persian classical texts—and their influence on Western traditions. Her goal is to trace the paths of convergence (and divergence) within these texts and  determining how they have fed, and continue to feed, into Western literary exegesis, and ultimately, examine the colonial impact of those texts on the cultural representations of the East. Her main fields of research are British literature of the Early Modern and the Long Eighteenth Century, religious studies, and Persian classical poetry and philosophy. She is also a Digital Humanist and has worked as an advocate of the field through her work with Texas A&M’s 18thConnect and the CSUN branch of 4Humanities. She currently serves as a Research Assistant for the WhatEvery1Says digital project at UCSB, funded by the Mellon Foundation.