Sheiba Kian Kaufman
School / Office / Department
Humanities and Social Sciences
Program / Division

Personal Information



Dr. Sheiba Kian Kaufman teaches English at Saddleback College. She has taught writing, English, and Shakespeare at the University of California, Irvine. She is passionate about working with students develop their capacities to grow and communicate as compassionate writers and thinkers in the world. She teaches courses about hope and resilience around the world and enjoys writing about Shakespeare, ancient and early modern Persia, and the idea and practice of intercultural hospitality. She promotes diversity, equity, and inclusion in her teaching and scholarship.

Formal Education

  • BA in English from UCLA
  • MST in English from Oxford University, UK
  • Ph.D. in English from UC Irvine

Recent Publications/Presentations

  • "Persian Virtues in the Age of Shakespeare," in Shakespeare and Virtue: A Handbook, University of Cambridge Press (2023)
  • “Care” in Entertaining the Idea: Shakespeare, Philosophy, Performance, University of Toronto Press (2022)
  • “Her father loved me, oft invited me”: Staging Shakespeare’s Hidden Hospitality in The Travels of the Three English Brothers in Shakespeare and Hospitality: Ethics, Politics, and Exchange, Routledge Studies in Shakespeare Series (2016)