Jeffrey EinbodenDirector

Jeffrey Einboden is an Assistant Professor in the English Department at Northern Illinois University. 

A specialist in early American Literature and Middle Eastern translation, Einboden received his doctorate from the University of Cambridge in 2005, exploring R.W. Emerson’s renditions of Persian poetry – research which has recently culminated in his own book-length translation of the Persian poet, Muḥammad Shamsuddīn Ḥāfiẓ: The Tangled Braid: Ninety-Nine Poems by Hafiz of Shiraz (Fons Vitae, 2009; co-authored with John Slater).  

Einboden’s research concerning Middle Eastern translation and the Western canon has also appeared in journals such as Middle Eastern Literatures, the Journal of Qur’anic Studies, Translation & Literature, Milton Quarterly, Nathaniel Hawthorne Review and Literature & Theology.

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