Sheida Dayani is a PhD candidate at the department of Middle Eastern and Islamic Studies at NYU. Her research is on modern theatre and playwriting in nineteenth- and twentieth-century Iran with a focus on performance, translation, and political resistance. She also serves as a steering committee member of Iranian Studies Initiative at NYU.
Sheida's research interests draw on her previous graduate background in legal and political history, and her professional background in legal research at Federal Defenders of New York. Sheida has taught Persian at NYU and Hunter College, in addition to assisting to teach early Islamic history at NYU.
Born and raised in Iran, Sheida is a published poet and translator, and has numerous Persian publications in literary journals of Iran, namely Bukhara and Negāh-e No.