Azareen Van Der Vliet Oloomi

Concurrent Associate Professor, Romance Languages and Literatures
Fellow, Kroc Institute for International Peace Studies
Fellow, Liu Institute for Asia and Asian Studies
Director, Literatures of Annihilation, Exile & Resistance

Concurrent Associate Professor, Romance Languages and Literatures
279 Decio Faculty Hall
Notre Dame, IN 46556



Areas of study

  • Creative Writing
  • Postcolonial/Global


MFA Brown University Literary Arts (Fiction); UCSD B.A. Latin American Studies and Creative Writing

Research and teaching interests

Fiction and Non-Fiction Writing; Middle Eastern, Latin American, Iberian Literature, and American Literatures; Global Anglophone Literatures; Literatures of Exile/Migration; Ethics and Aesthetics of the Novel; Literary Ecology


Azareen Van der Vliet Oloomi is the author of three novels, including Savage Tongues (Mariner, 2021), Call Me Zebra (Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, 2018) winner of the 2019 PEN/Faulkner Award for Fiction, the John Gardner Award, and longlisted for the PEN Open Book Award. She received a 2015 Whiting Writers Award and a National Book Foundation “5 Under 35” award for her debut novel, Fra Keeler (Dorothy, a publishing project, 2012). Her work has been supported by an Aspen Institute Fellowship, a Fulbright Fellowship, a MacDowell Fellowship and a Fellowship from ART OMI and has appeared in Granta, Guernica, The Paris Review, BOMB Magazine, and the Los Angeles Review of Books among other places. Her work has been translated into half a dozen languages. She is the founder of Literatures of Annihilation, Exile and Resistance, a bi-annual symposium and lecture series that focuses on the study of literatures that have been shaped by histories of territorial and linguistic politics, colonialism, military domination and gross human rights violations. She serves on the Board of Advisors for Notre Dame's Initiative on Race and Resilience.