Shirin Khanmohamadi

Shirin KhanmohamadiAssociate Professor, Comparative and World Literature Department

Contact Information

Office: HUM 326

Phone: (415) 338-7035



Shirin A. Khanmohamadi (B.A. Brown, 1991; Ph.D. Columbia, 2005) is an Associate Professor in the Comparative and World Literature department at San Francisco State University, where she specializes in comparative medieval European literature, premodern travel and ethnographic writing, literary and cultural contact between the medieval European and Islamic worlds, and medievalism in contemporary theory and literature. She has recently published work in New Medieval Literatures, Exemplaria, and Arthuriana. Her study of premodern ethnographic poetics In Light of Another's World: European Ethnography in the Middle Ages is forthcoming in The University of Pennsylvania Press' Middle Ages Series (December, 2013).

Her teaching and research interests include Comparative Medieval Literary Study, Premodern Travel and Ethnographic literature, Medieval Europe and the Islamic World, Medieval Tale Collections (1001 Nights, Decameron, Canterbury Tales), and Epic and Romance. Some of her recent publications include "The Look of Medieval Ethnography: William of Rubruck´s Mission to Mongolia," forthcoming this year in New Medieval Literatures, volume 10 (2008); "Casting a 'Sideways Glance' at the Crusades: the Voice of the Other in Joinville´s Vie de Saint Louis", Exemplaria vol. 22 no. 3 (2010): 177-99; and "Salvaging native culture, appropriating native voice: the cultural memory of Marie de France's Lais, Forthcoming, Arthuriana, 2011.

Courses Taught for MEIS:

  • CWL 424: The Multicultural Middle Ages