Johanna Domela Movassat, Ph.D.



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Doctor of Philosophy, University of California - Berkeley, CA
Master of Arts in Near Eastern Studies: Art and Archaeology, University of California - Berkeley, CA
Bachelor of Arts in Art History, Loyola Marymount University, CA

Dr. Movassat graduated with a BA in Art History from Loyola Marymount University in Los Angeles. Afterward, she traveled to Europe to study German at the Goethe Institute in Berlin. From there, she resided in Iran for five years, learned Farsi fluently, taught English at the Iran America Society, Iranzamin College and Language House International, and photographed works of art.

For the past 21 years Dr. Movassat has been at San José State University, teaching various courses in art history, including surveys of Western Art, Ancient Egypt and Mesopotamia, East Meets West: The Silk Road, Islamic Art and Architecture, and Writing in the Arts. For two years she was the Coordinator of Creative Arts in the Humanities Department and taught courses on Arts in a Global Context.  She continues to teach in Humanities for the four-semester Humanities Honors program.

She has written and lectured on numerous topics on the arts of the Middle East and published The Large Vault at Taq-i Bustan: A Study in Late Sasanian Royal Art (Mellen Press, 2005).