Associate Professor, Department of Asian Studies, UNC-Chapel Hill
Afroz Taj has been teaching university level Hindi and Urdu since 1983, first at the University of Michigan (Ann Arbor) and then at the University of Virginia (Charlottesville). In 1995 he came to UNC and NCSU to establish a pioneering program of teaching Hindi-Urdu through interactive televideo. His research interests include Hindi-Urdu poetry and poetics, Indian drama and musical theater, and the Indian cinema. Originally from District Etah, Uttar Pradesh, Afroz did his undergraduate and master's degrees from Aligarh Muslim University, and his Ph.D. from Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi.