Awards

American Association of Teachers of Persian (AATP) has set out, since 2008, to recognize those remarkable individuals who have dedicated their lives to the promotion and instruction of Persian language, culture and literature in the United States of America.

2015 AATP LIFETIME ACHIEVEMENT AWARD

Mahvash Shahegh was the 2015 recipient of the AATP Award. She holds a Ph.D. in Persian language and literature from Tehran University, a B.A. in English language and literature, and an M.A. in library science from the University of Maryland at College Park. (UMCP)  She has taught Persian at Johns Hopkins University and other higher educational institutions for over 30 years. She has published several books: Haiku in Four Seasons and The Structure of Sentences in Persian, both of which were published in Iran. One of her recent published works is a two-volume book on Persian language, – Learning Persian – which has been taught in several American universities and was published in America. Her latest work is a children’s story based on the Shahnameh, titled The Green Musician. It was published in August 2015 by Wisdom Tales, an American publishing company.
In addition to books, she has published numerous articles and reviews in various journals (IranShenasi, Iran-Nameh, The Middle East) in the USA; also, she is a regular contributor to the Iranian online journals, writing about many aspects of both historical and contemporary Persian language and culture. As well as being an educator and researcher, Dr. Shahegh is also a writer, essayist, and translator. In her spare time she translates poetry. She has translated many Persian poems, such as the works of seminal poets like Ahmad Shamlu, Sohrab Sepehri, Mehdi Akhavan Sales, and many others. Mahvash has served as the first executive secretary of the American Association of Teachers of Persian for almost a decade. Her fields of interest include Persian poetry, Persian grammar, Iranian religions, literary criticism, and comparative literature.

 2014 AATP LIFETIME ACHIEVEMENT AWARD

Donald StiloDon Stilo (Max Planck Institute for Evolutionary Anthropology) received the 2014 AATP lifetime achievement award. A distinguished linguist and scholar, Dr. Stilo has dedicated over five decades of his life to studying, documenting and teaching the vast body of Iranian languages. His pioneering work in the dialectology of the Iranian language family has shaped both fieldwork and theoretical linguistics for generations of scholars to come. In addition to publishing numerous studies on languages spoken in and around Iran, languages including Persian, Vafsi, Armenian, Azerbaijani, Gilaki, Aramaic, and many others, Dr. Stilo also published the two volume textbook Modern Persian, Spoken and Written (Yale University Press 2004) with Kamran Talattof and Jerome Clinton. Dr. Stilo’s teaching and research career spans institutions including Georgetown University, UCLA, The City University of New York, The University of Washington, the Academy of Sciences of Göttingen, Germany, and, most recently, the Max Planck Institute for Evolutionary Anthropology. He holds a PhD in linguistics from the University of Michigan (1971) with a concentration on Iranian languages. Since his retirement in 2011, Dr. Stilo has lived in the Netherlands, where he continues to write and publish on Iranian and Turkic linguistics.

At the 48th annual Middle East Studies Association (MESA) conference held in Washington, D.C. on November 22, 2014, the American Association of Teachers of Persian (AATP) honored Don Stilo for his many decades of service to the fields of Persian and Iranian languages. A renowned polyglot, dancer, and singer, Don Stilo wowed the AATP members with his powerful voice by singing folk songs in Persian and Turkish.

For video from the award ceremony, click here
For Don Stilo’s CV, click here

2011 AATP LIFETIME ACHIEVEMENT AWARD

Gernot Windfuhr  (University of Michigan) was the 2011 recipient of the AATP Award. A native of Germany, Professor Windfuhr studied at the University of Hamburg, the University of Tehran, and the University of Cologne and received his Ph.D. degree from the University of Hamburg in 1965. He joined the University of Michigan in 1969 as a Professor of Iranian Studies until his retirement in 2009. Professor Windfuhr’s research focuses on the fields of Iranian languages and linguistics, Iranian dialectology and Zoroastrian studies, and his research has been funded by awards from the John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation (1974- 75) and the National Endowment for the Humanities (1985-88).

Professor Windfuhr was the first President of AATP, and he taught undergraduate and graduate courses in Zoroastrian religion, Avestan, Pahlavi, and modern Persian language and literatures, and served as chair of the Department of Near Eastern Studies for a decade (1977-87). He was an academic advisor to undergraduate students concentrating in AAPTIS (Arabic, Armenian, Persian, Turkish, Islamic Studies), and has supervised numerous doctoral students.

At the 45th Annual Middle East Studies Association (MESA) conference held in Washington DC in November 2011, Professor Windfuhr was honored by the American Association of Teachers of Persian (AATP) for his five decades of service in the fields of Persian language and literature. The event was co-sponsored by the International Society for Iranian Studies (ISIS), The Foundation for Iranian Studies (FIS), The Roshan Center at the University of Maryland, The Association for the Study of Persianate Societies (ASPS), and the American Institute of Iranian Studies (AIIrS).

For a list of his books, please click here.

2010 AATP LIFETIME ACHIEVEMENT AWARD

Mehdi Marashi (University of Utah) was the 2010 recipient of AATP Award. A distinguished author and professor of Persian, he has dedicated over five decades of his life’s work to the study of Persian language and linguistics. During his 23-year career at the University of Utah, Dr. Marashi also taught in the summer intensive programs at Princeton, NYU, University of Pennsylvania, University of Texas and in the Peace Corps Programs. Upon his retirement from the University of Utah, he was offered a position as University of California, Berkeley’s Mellon Lecturer in Persian (1992-1996).  Subsequently, he continued to teach at Monterey’s Defense Language Institute (1996-2004) as an instructor and later as Curriculum Development Specialist. Dr. Marashi is the author of several publications related to Persian language and culture. He is a Fellow of the Middle East Studies Association of North America (MESA), a member and certified Persian tester for the American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Languages (ACTFL) and a member of the American Association of Teachers of Persian (AATP). He has been a recipient of the Mellon Research Award (U.C. Berkeley), Faculty Fellow Award (U of U), Fulbright Lecturing Award (to teach at Tashkent State University), a Research Grant (U.S. Department of Education), and a two-year research grant (Ministry of Education, Iran).

At the 44th Annual Middle East Studies Association (MESA) conference held in San Diego, California, in November 2010, Professor Marashi was honored by the American Association of Teachers of Persian for his four decades of service in the fields of Persian language and literature. The event was co-sponsored by the International Society for Iranian Studies (ISIS), The Association for the Study of Persianate Societies (ASPS), and the American Institute of Iranian Studies (AIIrS), the Farhang Foundation, and the Foundation for Iranian Studies.

For photos of the event, please click here.

For Marashi’s Persian Language Resources (PLR), please click here.

2009 AATP LIFETIME ACHIEVEMENT AWARD 

Wheeler M. Thackston (Harvard University) was the recipient of AATP 2009 Award.  A distinguished professor of Persian, Wheeler Thackston taught at Harvard University from 1972 up to his retirement in 2007.  As a distinguished and prolific author, editor and translator of numerous Chaghatai, Arabic and Persian literary and historical sources, his best known works are Persian and Classical and Qur’anic Arabic grammars, translations of the Babur-nama, the memoirs of the Mughal prince and emperor Babur, and the memoirs of Emperor Jahangir ( the Jahangir-nama).  He has also produced important manuals or editions of texts in Levantine Arabic, Ottoman Turkish, Syriac, Uzbek, Luri, and Kurdish.

At the 43rd Annual Middle East Studies Association (MESA) conference, held at Boston in November 2009, in a joint reception with the International Society for Iranian Studies (ISIS) and the Foundation for Iranian Studies, AATP honored Professor Thackston for his lifelong dedication to the teaching of Persian language, literature and culture. The event was co-sponsored by The Middle East Center at the University of Pennsylvania, The Center for Middle Eastern Studies at the University of Texas at Austin, The Center for Middle Eastern Studies at Harvard University, the Samuel Jordan Center for Persian Studies and Culture at the University of California, Irvine, The Foundation for Iranian Studies, The International Society for Iranian Studies (ISIS), The Association for the Study of Persianate Societies (ASPS), and the American Institute of Iranian Studies (AIIrS).

For a list of his books, please click here.

2008 AATP LIFETIME ACHIEVEMENT AWARD 

Manouchehr Kasheff (Columbia University) was the first recipient of the AATP award.  Ostad Kasheff taught at Columbia University since 1974, (and currently teaches at NYU) and has been a senior editor of Encyclopaedia Iranica at Columbia’s Iran Center.  He is one of the early founders of the American Association of Teachers of Persian and served as its first secretary-treasurer. He is author of a number of articles for the Encyclopædia Iranica and the Encyclopædia of Asian Studies and has translated into Persian books by A.J. Arberry and S. Runciman and articles by distinguished authors including T.S. Eliot, George Santayana, and others.

At the 42nd Annual Middle East Studies Association (MESA) conference, held in Washington DC in November 2008, Professor Kasheff was honored for his over five decades of services in the field of Persian language and literature.

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