Academic Staff

Ladan Hamedani, PhD

Roshan Institute Instructor in Persian Language and Culture

Ladan HamedaniDr. Ladan Hamedani started working as the Roshan Institute instructor in Persian Language and Culture at IPLL Department, the College of Languages, Linguistics, and Literature at UH Manoa in August 2013. She received her PhD in Linguistics from University of Ottawa, Canada in 2011. Her dissertation is on syntax, Persian syntax in particular. She received her first MA degree in TEFL (Teaching English as a Foreign Language) from Islamic Azad University, Tehran, Iran in 1997 and her second MA degree in Linguistics, from University of Ottawa, Canada in 2003. She worked as a Persian lecturer at McGill University, Montreal, Canada, from 2007 to 2009. She was a member of faculty at Islamic Azad University, Faculty of Foreign Languages, Tehran, Iran, from 1998 to 2002. Her research interests are Persian language, Persian syntax, testing, translation, literature, and culture as well as pedagogy and second language acquisition.


Maseeh Ganjali

Roshan Institute Fellow in Persian Language and Culture

Maseeh Ganjali
Maseeh Ganjali was born in Tehran, Iran. In 1997, at the age of 13, he moved to Hawaii and has been living in Honolulu since. He received an Associates Degree from Kapiolani Community College in Liberal Arts and obtained a Bachelor’s Degree at University of Hawaii at Manoa in Theater. He is currently in the first year of Graduate studies in UH Manoa’s Theater and Dance Department.

In 2009, he directed and performed in “Puppets”, a Bahram Beyzai play performed at UHM, Doris Duke’s Shagri La, and Honolulu Academy of Arts. Maseeh was last seen on stage at the Kennedy Theater in the “White Snake” and  the “Vengeful Sword”. He was a recipient of Award Of Excellence In Asian Theater from UHM Theater Department, Undergraduate Research Awards grant from UHM Honors Program, and a Roshan Cultural Heritage Institute Fellowship to travel and conduct research in Iran in 2011.

Maseeh’s research interests include Persian literature, culture, and heritage, with a strong focus on performing arts in Iran.