Allison Kanner-Botan is a PhD student in the Divinity School and the Department of Near Eastern Languages and Civilizations, focusing on Persian Language and Literature. She is interested in medieval romance literature, Islamic mysticism, and gender and sexuality studies. In her dissertation, she will compare Arabic and Persian versions of the legend of Layla and Majnun from the ninth through the twelfth centuries.
Allison holds an MA in Religious Studies from the Divinity School. She has assisted teaching in the College’s undergraduate poetry core as well as the Divinity School’s graduate course on theories and methods in Religious Studies. She currently teaches a comparative course on place and memory in Persian and Arabic literatures at Loyola University Chicago, and coordinates Anjoman-e Sokhan-e Farsi (‘Persian Circle’), a weekly Persian-language lecture series at the University of Chicago.