Shiva Rahmani

Assistant Instructional Professor - Humanities Collegiate Division

Shiva Rahmani joined the University of Chicago in 2018 and teaches the German language at all levels including the intensive course.  Shiva’s family emigrated from Iran to Germany when she was only one month old. Raised in Heidelberg, German was her native language. Shiva is a graduate of Tehran University in German translation. She also completed her graduate studies in Germanic Studies at Purdue University.

At Purdue she taught introductory German courses for two years and organized the student German culture club. Shiva taught for one year at the German International School of Chicago and then joined the Goethe Institute staff in 2016 where she continues to teach as well.
Her research interests include German mythology, superstition, religious history, and translation. She has presented papers on influence of Belief Systems and Superstition of different cultures on translation, and also their influence in different works in German.

Together with Dr. Maeve Hooper she re-designed the course curriculum for the second part of the intensive course sequence at the University of Chicago. She is also responsible for coordinating cultural and social events for language program students and those interested in German language and culture. 
She loves languages, and is fluent in German, Farsi, English, and in Kurdish. She likes to read, watch documentaries, go on ghost tours, travel the world, dance, draw, and design clothes in her free time.

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