Dr. Mary Sobhani
Vines, Room 218
Areas of Expertise: Baha’I Faith, Costa Rica and U.S. Latino Literature.
Dr. Mary Sobhani is an Assistant Professor of Spanish at UAFS. As a member of the Baha'í Faith, Sobhani has both personal and academic knowledge of this world religion In her 2014 dissertation, she studies Bahá'í author Bahiyyih Nakhjavani's novel The Woman Who Read Too Much, a work of historical fiction based on the life of Táhirih Qurratu’l-Ayn, a 19th-century Baha'í heroine. She facilitates enrichment workshops in Fort Smith based on the basic spiritual principals of the Bahá'í Faith.
Sobhani teaches U.S. Latino Literature at UAFS. Her dissertation in Comparative Literature explores the fiction of Chicano author Luis Alberto Urrea in the context of post-secular studies. Her interests in U.S. Latino Literature also includes Cuban-American drama, Puerto Rican poetry, and Dominican-American prose.
Born in Costa Rica, Dr. Sobhani is fluent in Spanish. Her expertise in Costa Rica resides in personal experience, as well as the academic study of Latin America. She teaches Latin American Civilization at UAFS. Furthermore, Dr. Sobhani's cousin, Luis Guillermo Solís, is the current president of Costa Rica. Dr. Sobhani and her family were invited to attend his May 2014 inauguration in San José, the nation's capital.