- B.A. Northwestern University
- M.F.A. University of California, Irvine
- Ph.D. University of California, Berkeley
Areas of Expertise
Creative writing – fiction and nonfiction; American literature, beginnings through the nineteenth century; contemporary fiction; multi-ethnic American literature
Leila Mansouri’s short stories and essays have appeared in Los Angeles Review of Books, The New Inquiry, and Santa Monica Review, among others, and her fiction has been recognized by Best American Short Stories and anthologized in Tremors: New Fiction by Iranian American Writers. Her scholarship focuses on the intersection between literature and electoral politics in the early United States – in particular how the aesthetic discourse surrounding written “sketches” of character shaped the ways Americans came to understand electoral representation as representative. Her research has been supported by fellowships from the American Antiquarian Society and the Library Company of Philadelphia, and an article drawn from this work appeared in NOVEL: A Forum on Fiction in the spring of 2016. She is currently completing two book-length projects: an academic monograph on how literary and electoral representation evolved together in the early United States and a novel, Half-Terrorist.