Heshmat Moayyad has been a professor of Persian Literature at the University of Chicago since 1966. He studied at the University of Tehran and received his doctorate in Middle Eastern studies from the University of Frankfurt. He has also taught at Harvard University, the University of Naples and the University of Frankfurt. Professor Moayyad has written, translated, and edited several books in English, German, and Persian.
He edited the collection Stories from Iran: A Chicago Anthology For Mage Publishers.