Azareen Van Der Vliet Oloomi

Dorothy G. Griffin College Professor of English

Concurrent 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

Dorothy G. Griffin College Professor of English
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 an American novelist and non-fiction writer. She is the author of Call Me Zebra, named a Best Book of the Year by over twenty publications and the winner of the 2019 PEN/Faulkner Award, the John Gardner Award, and long listed for the PEN/Open Book Award. Her other novels include Savage Tongues and Fra Keeler, for which she received a Whiting Writers' Award and a National Book Foundation "5 Under 35" award. She is the 2023-2024 Carl and Lily Pforzheimer Foundation Fiction Fellow at the Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Studies at Harvard University. A recipient of fellowships from Fulbright, the Aspen Institute, and MacDowell, her work has appeared in The Best American Short Stories, The Sewanee Review, The Yale Review, The New York Times, and The Paris Review among other places. In 2020, she founded Literatures of Annihilation, Exile & Resistance, a conversation series focused on the intersection of the arts and transformational migrations. Born in Los Angeles, she spent her childhood in Iran, the United Arab Emirates, and Spain, and speaks Farsi, Italian, and Spanish. She is the Dorothy G. Griffin College Professor of English at the University of Notre Dame.