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I'm Zia, UX Researcher and a doctoral candidate in Linguistic Anthropology at UCLA.
My dissertation is an ethnography of spiritual Persian poetry assemblies in Los Angeles.

I'm following theories and methods from different disciplines but at its core, this project focuses on language ideologies and theories of affects of Iranians in a diasporic setting.
I also sporadically work on Gilaki, an Iranian language, and my mother tongue.
My research interest lies primarily in language ideologies, historical-sociolinguistic, and language documentation and revitalization.
I have been awarded multiple prestigious fellowships and grants.
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