Fayyaz Vellani serves as a Lecturer in Critical Writing at the University of Pennsylvania, is a Hill College House Fellow, and a faculty mentor for the College House Research Fellows program. He is also a visiting research associate at University College London. His previous roles include Head of the Department of Graduate Studies at the Institute of Ismaili Studies in London, Associate Director of Penn’s Critical Writing Program, and Associate Registrar of Yale Law School. Fayyaz’s research specializations include disability studies, geopolitics, and sustainable development. His book, Understanding Disability Discrimination Law Through Geography, was published by Ashgate in 2013 and Routledge in 2016, and his research has appeared in a variety of journals including Disability and Society and the International Journal of Diversity in Organisations, Communities & Nations. Fayyaz’s article, “Engagement with Place: Cairo as Classroom” won the International Journal of Diversity’s International Award for Excellence in 2016. As a novelist and musician, Fayyaz has learned the art of weaving stories into his work—academic, administrative, or creative—whatever the context.
Lecturer in Critical Writing, University of Pennsylvania