Core Faculty

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  • Maryam Borjian
  • Associate Teaching Professor & Coordinator, AMESALL Language Programs
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  • Phone: 848-445-4316
  • Office hours: By Appointment
  • Room #: 5122
  • Office address: 15 Seminary Place, College Avenue Campus
  • Education:

    Ed.D. Educational Linguistics, Columbia University

     Ed.M. Educational Linguistics, Columbia University

    M.A. Applied Linguistic/TESOL, City University of New York

    B.A. / M.A. History and Historical Linguistics, University of Tehran



Dr. Borjian is Associate Teaching Professor of Sociolinguistics and Coordinator of African, Middle Eastern and South Asian Language Programs at the Department of African, Middle Eastern and South Asian Languages and Literatures at Rutgers, the State University of New Jersey.

Her research focuses on the politics, economics and sociology of language in the contexts of Africa, the Middle East and South Asia. She is best known for writing English in Post-Revolutionary Iran: From Indigenization to Internationalization (Multilingual Matters, 2013), a pioneering book on the history and status of the English language in Iran and the way it interacts with the country’s policies and political economy. The book currently severs as a reference book on the topic. Her second book, Language and Globalization: An Autoethnographic Approach (Routledge, 2017), in an edited volume that examines the linguistic and socio-cultural aspects of globalization with an autoethnographic lens. She is also the co-editor of Middle Eastern Languages in Diasporic USA Communities a special issue for the International Journal of the Sociology of Language, 237 (2016, Berlin: Mouton de Gruyter).  Currently, she is working on a book project tentatively titled Re-Imagining Multilingualism in the Global Age for Multilingual Matters.  

Dr. Borjian served in the National Fulbright Committee, Committee for English Language Teaching Assistantships in Near East/North Africa, sat on the executive board of the American Association of Teachers of Persian, been invited as a guest speaker in notable universities and institutions and served as a guest reviewer in many peer-reviewed academic journals with a focus on Sociolinguistics, Educational Linguistics, Multilingualism and Language Policy and Planning.

As an educator and scholar, she is an optimist who firmly believes that the world can be a better place through multilingualism, linguistic pluralism, inclusion and diversity, which are the central themes of her research and teaching.

Selected Publications


 Borjian, M. (2017).Language and Globalization: An Autoethnographic Approach. New York and London: Routledge.

 Borjian, M. (2013). English in Post-Revolutionary Iran: From Indigenization to Internationalization. Bristol, Buffalo and Toronto: Multilingual Matters.Borjian, M. & Häberl, C. (eds.) (2016). Middle Eastern Languages in Diasporic USA Communities. International Journal of the Sociology of Language, 237.Berlin: Mouton de Gruyter.

Journal Special Edition      

Borjian, M. & Häberl, C. (eds.) (2016). Middle Eastern Languages in Diasporic USA CommunitiesInternational Journal of the Sociology of Language, 237.Berlin: Mouton de Gruyter.

Book Chapters and Articles

Borjian, M. (2017). The Diverging Images of Globalization: A Journey in Books and Photos. In M. Borjian (ed.), Language and Globalization: An Autoethnographic Approach. New York and London: Routledge (forthcoming).

Borjian, M. (2017). Introduction. In M. Borjian (ed.), Language and Globalization: An Autoethnographic Approach. New York and London: Routledge (forthcoming).

Borjian, M. (2016). Issues and Challenges in Constructing Identity in an Adopted Home: Being an Iranian Professor in America. In A. Komisarof & H. Zhu (eds.), Crossing Boundaries: Weaving Work, Life, and Scholarship. Routledge.

Borjian, M. & Häberl, C. (2016). Introduction: At the Intersection of Language and Social Variables: The Case of Middle Eastern Languages in the United States. International Journal of Sociology of Language, 237. Berlin: Mouton de Gruyter

 Borjian, M. (2015). Bridge or Wall? The English Language in Iran. In N. Wadham-Smith (ed.), Didgah--New Perspectives on Iran-UK Cultural Relations. London: The British Council.

Borjian, M. (2014). Language-Education Policies and International Institutions: The World Bank’s and UNESCO’s Global Framework. Language Problems and Language Planning, 38/1: 1-18.

Shirazi, R. & Borjian, M. (2013). Persian Bilingual and Community Education among Iranian-Americans in New York City. In O. Garcia, Z. Zakharia, B. Otcu (eds.), Bilingual Community Education and Multilingualism: Beyond Heritage Languages in a Global City (pp. 154-168). Bristol, Buffalo and Toronto: Multilingual Matters.

Borjian, M. & Borjian, H. (2011). Plights of Persian in the Modernization Era. In Joshua Fishman and Ofelia Garcia (eds.), Handbook of Language and Ethnic Identity: The Success-Failure Continuum in Language and Ethnic Identity Efforts (Volume 2) (pp. 254-67). Oxford & New York: Oxford University Press.

Borjian, M. (2011). The Rise and Fall of a Partnership: The British Council and Iran (2001-2009). International Journal of Iranian Studies, 44/4: 541-62.

Borjian, M. (2010). Policy Privatization and Empowerment of Sub-National Forces: The Case of Private English Language Institutes in Iran. Viewpoints Special Edition: Middle East Institute (MEI) Series on Higher Education and the Middle East (vol. 1): Serving the Knowledge-Based Economy, 1: 58-61. DC: the Middle East Institute

Borjian, H. & Borjian, M. (2008). The Last Galesh Herdsman: Ethno-Linguistic Materials from South Caspian Rainforests. International Journal of Iranian Studies, 41 (3): 365-402.

Borjian, H. & Borjian, M. (2007). Mysterious Memories of a Woman: Ethno-Linguistic Materials from Rural Mazandaran. Iran and the Caucasus, 11 (2): 226-254.

Borjian, H. & Borjian, M. (2007). Marriage Rites in South Caspian Villages: Ethnographic and Linguistics Materials from Mazandaran. Oriental Archive: Quarterly Journal of African and Asian Studies, 75 (2): 191-214.

AMESALL Courses  (Past and Present)

Introduction to Discourse Analysis

Language and Globalization

Language and Society in Africa, the Middle East, and South Asia

Language and Colonialism

Persian Language and Culture