Leila Pazargadi, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor of English

Leila PazargadiPh.D. Comparative Literature with certification in Gender Studies, University of California, Los Angeles
M.A. Comparative Literature, University of California, Los Angeles
B.A. English and Comparative Literary Studies, Occidental College

LAS Building, Office 145
(702) 992-2657
Email: Leila.Pazargadi@nsc.eduFull profile: leilapazargadi.com

As an Assistant Professor of English at Nevada State College, Dr. Pazargadi  is currently teaching composition, literature, and ethnic studies courses on gender, immigration, ethnic American identity, resistance and revolution, Middle Eastern literature, and postcolonial literature. She taught for UCLA, California State Long Beach, Occidental College, the UC Center for Study Abroad in Paris, and Vrije University in Amsterdam before joining Nevada State College in 2012. In 2014, she was one of five recipients of Occidental College’s Alumni of the Year, honored as the Erica J. Murray ’01 Young Alumna seal awardee for her teaching and service efforts. In addition to teaching and researching, she enjoys painting, practicing yoga, and DJing world music.  

nepantla program

At NSC, Dr. Pazargadi is most proud of her work co-founding the Nepantla Program and serving as Director of its Summer Bridge.  This six-week intensive program aims to empower first-generation and underrepresented students to fulfill their academic and service potential as part of their college-going experience. Ultimately, it is Nepantla’s hope that students carve out an alternative space in higher education by giving back, serving the community, and embracing cultural difference as a place of knowledge and power. In 2014, Leila received Nevada State College’s iTeach Heritage Award for her work on the Nepantla Program and for her commitment to diversity initiatives.

courses taught
  • ENG 100 Composition I: Literatures of Resistance & Revolution
  • ENG 101 Composition I: Women of Color Writing from the Margins
  • ENG 102 Composition II: Race, Class, & Gender
  • ENG 226 Memoir and Autobiography
  • ENG 231 World Literature I: The Comic Spirit
  • ENG 277 Introduction to the Graphic Novel
  • ENG 326 Junior Seminar
  • ENG 449B British Literature II: Gothic Horror Literature
  • ENG 485 Topics in Comparative Literature: Middle Eastern Literature
  • ENG 490 Asian American Literature
  • ENG 496A Latin American Literature Junior Seminar
  • ENG 497A Topics in Multicultural Literature: Postcolonial Writers of Color
  • ENG 499 Honors Thesis
  • ETS 101 Introduction to Ethnic Studies
research interests

In 2014, Dr. Pazargadi co-authored “Picturing Qājār Persia: A Gift to Major-General Henry Creswicke Rawlinson" with Dr. Frances Terpak, which discusses the gifting of Luigi Pesce’s photograph album depicting 19th century Persia to Henry Creswicke Rawlinson. She is currently researching a number of articles in addition to working on a manuscript, Mosaics of Identity: Reading Muslim Women’s Memoirs From Across the Diaspora, which comparatively discusses Iranian American and Arab American women writers publishing autobiographical material in fiction and nonfiction after 9/11. 

Working in English, Persian, and French, Leila has presented at many academic conferences held nationally and internationally by the Modern Language Association, National Women’s Studies Association, Middle Eastern Studies Association, American Comparative Literature Association, and the International Society for Iranian Studies.

selected publications
  • Pazargadi, Leila Moayeri and Terpak, Frances. “Picturing Qājār Persia: A Gift to Major-General Henry Creswicke Rawlinson.” Getty Research Journal 6 (2014), pp. 47-62.