A SUNY-Stony Brook faculty member since 2008, Rita Nezami was born in Kolkata and educated in London, Moscow, Barcelona and Paris. She earned her PhD in comparative literature from the University of Texas at Dallas where she wrote her dissertation on the translation from French of Moroccan novelist Tahar Ben Jelloun.
Dr. Nezami worked in academia, government, and diplomacy on four continents. Speaking seven languages and translating from four, she has taught the languages and literatures of France, Russia and South Asia for more than 20 years.
Dr. Nezami received her middle and secondary education in London before earning undergraduate and graduate degrees in Russian language and literature from Moscow State University. While in Moscow, she wrote for Russian newspapers and magazines.
Returning to South Asia, Dr. Nezami served as a translation officer at the Bangladesh Ministry of Foreign Affairs and taught Russian language and literature at the University of Dhaka and French and ESL at the American International School in Dhaka.
For 15 years, Dr. Nezami lived, taught, and wrote in Paris, translating works into English from French, Russian, and Bangla. After a year studying in Barcelona, she was based for three years in Tangier, Morocco, where she taught English and translated postcolonial Moroccan literature from French.
Nezami teaches writing and rhetoric in the SUNY-Stony Brook Program in Writing & Rhetoric, global issues and global literature in the Honors College, and South Asian literature in English in the Asian and Asian American Studies Department.