Azar NafisiIran/USAWriting2018
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Nafisi is best known as the author of the national bestseller Reading Lolita in Tehran: A Memoir in Books. The book has spent over 117 weeks on The New York Times bestseller list, has been translated in 32 languages, and has won diverse literary awards. Between 1997 and 2017, Azar Nafisi was a Fellow at the Foreign Policy Institute of Johns Hopkins University's School of Advanced International Studies (SAIS) in Washington, DC, where she was a professor of aesthetics, culture, and literature. Azar Nafisi has conducted workshops in Iran for women students on the relationship between culture and human rights, and has written for The New York Times, Washington Post, and The Wall Street Journal.