Roya Mesbah

Lecturer of French & Persian

Member Of:
  • School of Modern Languages
Email Address:
Office Location:
Swann 232
Office Hours:
MWF 11:10am - 12:10pm


Roya Mesbah holds a PhD in French Literature and Culture from the Ohio State University. She earned a BA, MA and (ABD) MPhil in French Law and International Law from the Paris Faculty of Law. She worked with French and other European law firms on the litigations that opposed Iranian companies and the western European companies. Upon moving to the US, she earned an MA and a PhD in French Literature and Culture and has taught French language and culture at different American universities since 1994. She has been teaching French and Farsi (Persian) at the Georgia Institute of Technology since 2011. 

Some of her interests include critical theory: French thought from Surrealism to Deconstruction, changes of demographics and social discontent in France since the 1980s (PhD dissertation), Islamism and islamophobia in France, the revival of right wing extremism in Europe, the controversial role played by Social Media in the mist of  fundamentalist radicalization in Europe, the history of women activism and feminist movements in Iran. 


  • PhD: May 2008 - French Language, Literature and Culture - Ohio State University
  • MA: French literature and culture: 19th and 20th centuries- Ohio State Univ.
  • MPhil: (DEA) International Law: Paris School of Law / Faculté de Droit Paris XI
  • MD Law: French Public Law: Paris School of Law / Faculté de Droit Paris XI
  • BA Law: French law: Paris School of Law/ Faculté de Droit Paris XI


Research Fields:
  • French
  • Literary and Cultural Studies
  • Persian
  • Europe (North)
  • Middle East
  • Gender
  • Inequality and Social Justice
  • Race/Ethnicity
  • Accessibility
  • Citizenship Studies
  • Conflicts
  • Foreign Policy
  • Francophone Studies
  • History and Memory
  • Immigration and Migration Studies
  • Intercultural Issues
  • Language Acquisition
  • Literary Theory
  • Middle-Eastern Studies
  • Migration
  • Modernity
  • Post-Modernism
  • Social Movements


  • FREN-1001: Elementary French I
  • FREN-1002: Elementary French II
  • FREN-2002: French Culture II
  • LMC-3257: Global Cinema
  • ML-2500: Intro Cross-Cult Studies
  • PERS-1001: Elementary Persian I
  • PERS-1002: Elementary Persian II
  • PERS-1801: Special Topics
  • PERS-1814: Special Topics
  • PERS-1824: Special Topics
  • PERS-2001: Intermediate Persian I
  • PERS-2002: Intermediate Persian II
  • PERS-2801: Special Topics
  • PERS-2813: Special Topics
  • PERS-2823: Special Topics
  • PERS-8804: Special Topics