Faculty and Teaching Assistants

South Asian Language Programs, Department of Middle Eastern and Islamic Studies


Gabriela Nik. Ilieva, Clinical Professor, Coordinator, South Asian Language Programs. Bio
Tahira Naqvi, Senior Urdu Lecturer. Bio
Rajni Bhargava, Hindi Lecturer. Bio
Bindeshwari Aggarwal, Retired Senior Hindi Lecturer. Bio



Hindi: Suman Rana


Suman Rana serves as a Cultural Ambassador for India in the USA. She was an Assistant Professor at College of Vocational Studies, University of Delhi. She completed her Master’s degree and M.Phil. from University of Delhi. The focus of her research is on the issues of violence and the resultant trauma within the context of the South Asian sub-continent with specific focus on Partition Literature. 


Urdu: Arjumand Bano 


Arjmand Bano serves as a Cultural Ambassador for Pakistan in the USA. She has completed her M.Phil. in English Literature from the Government College University, Lahore and has a Post-graduate diploma in English Language Teaching from the same institute. She has worked as a lecturer and senior lecturer in English at several universities in Lahore. 


Bangla: Md Mamunur Rashid 


Md Mamunur Rashid serves as a Cultural Ambassador for Bangladesh in the USA. He is performing his research in educational communication and technology where he works to develop effective educational tools to bring innovation in education. He is also designing a developmental project aiming at sustainable solutions to social problems with the help of media and technology.