Iraj Anvar was born in Tehran, Iran. As a teen he moved to Italy with his family where later on he studied theater with Alessandro Fersen in Rome. In the mid 60's he went back to Iran and while pursuing a career in the theater he followed also his interest in Persian Literature and translation. After a very good career at Tehran Theatre Workshop, which he co-founded, he was offered a scholarship by the Iranian government and went to NYU in 1978 to continue his theatrical research. With the advent of the Iranian Revolution he transferred to the Department of the Near Eastern Studies as a TA and pursued a PhD, which he obtained in 1991. For the past three decades he has been teaching Persian Language and Culture at NYU, Harvard, Columbia and University of Wisconsin. He joined Brown in the fall of 2008 and have been teaching Persian Language and Culture.