Mahdieh Vali-Zadeh is a PhD candidate at the Centre for Comparative Literature of the University of Toronto and a graduate of Harvard’s World Literature program. She has native proficiency in English, Farsi, and Ṭabarī (a language of northern Iran); professional working proficiency in French; and intermediate reading knowledge of Classical Arabic. Her comparative master’s thesis on the sublime in Rumi’s and Wordsworth’s poetry was nominated for Best American Comparative Literature Association Master Thesis Award by York University. Vali-Zadeh is now focused on writing her comparative dissertation, which is about the reception of British Orientalist scholarship of Persian mysticism on the matter of the “self,” both individual and national, in two different but related frameworks: among the British Romantic poets of the late eighteenth and early nineteenth century, and the Iranian intellectuals of the early to mid-twentieth century. Vali-Zadeh is also a professional creative artist who works in the areas of visual arts and cinema. She has held solo exhibitions and participated in group shows of painting and calligraphy worldwide, and directed and presented films (short and feature) in international film festivals.