Azareen Van der Vliet Oloomi


Associate Professor of English
Concurrent Faculty, Department of Romance Languages and Literatures
Fellow, Nanovic Institute for European Studies
Fellow, Kroc Institute for International Peace Studies

Specialty: Fiction and Non-Fiction Writing; Literatures of Exile and Resistance; Memory Studies; Space Studies; Middle Eastern Literature; Latin American and Iberian Literature; American Literature; Postcolonial Theory; Ethics and Aesthetics of the Novel.

Degrees: MFA Literary Arts (Fiction), Brown University; BA Creative Writing, Latin American Studies, University of California, San Diego

Azareen Van der Vliet Oloomi is the author of the novel Call Me Zebra (Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, 2018) winner of the 2019 PEN/Faulkner Award for Fiction, the John Gardner Award, longlisted for the PEN Open Book Award, an Amazon Best Book of the Year, a Publisher’s Weekly Bestseller and named a Most Anticipated Book of 2018 by over twenty publications. 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 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. Fra Keeler has been translated into Italian by Giulio Perrone Editore in 2015. Call Me Zebra was published in the UK by Alma Books and is forthcoming in Turkey, China, Japan, and Romania. She is Iranian-American and has lived in Catalonia, Italy, Iran, and the United Arab Emirates.

Her novel AREZU is forthcoming from Houghton Mifflin Harcourt in 2021. Her novella N., based on Napoleon’s exile in Elba, is forthcoming from Coffee House Press in 2021 as part of their Spatial Species Series.

Contact Information

279 Decio Hall
(574) 631-1631

Postal address
Department of English
233 Decio Hall
Notre Dame, IN 46556