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Mary Sobhani


Mary Sobhani

Department Head/Associate Prof

World Languages



Degree Major Emphasis Institution Year
Ph.D. Comparative Literature University of Arkansas (Fayetteville) 2014
M.A. Peninsular Spanish Literature University of Pennsylvania (Philadelphia) 1998
B.A. Spanish Arkansas State University (Jonesboro) 1996

Mary A. Sobhani's expertise lies in Spanish literature and language. Having grown up in Costa Rica, El Salvador, and Bolivia, she also studied for a year in La Universidad de Santiago de Compostela in Galicia, Spain. These experiences enrich her instruction and are well-aligned with the department's aim to promote a world-embracing vision.

Dr. Sobhani is the founder and managing editor of Azahares, UAFS's premier Spanish language creative journal. Her recent academic publications center on U.S. Latino literature and include pieces on Luis Alberto Urrea's novels and Gloria Anzaldua's nepantlism. Her most recent creative non-fiction, "Costa Rican Coffee and Empanaditas de Pina," is published in Chariot Press Journal. Her community work is heavily focused on community building through the Ruhi Institute and related Baha'i endeavors.