Farnaz Masumian

Farnaz Masumian


Farnaz has been teaching World Religions and Social Work at the University of Texas at Austin since 2005. Her course covers the history, teachings, and main principles of Hinduism, Buddhism, Zoroastrianism, Judaism, Christianity, Islam, and the Bahá’í Faith and the application of religious teachings to social work. Her primary research interests are in the areas of life after death, near-death experiences (NDEs), and meditation in world religions. Among the publications of Farnaz are four books: Life after Death: A Study of the Afterlife in World Religions, The Story of the Prophets, and Divine Educators (co-authored with her husband, Bijan Masumian), and her most recent work The Divine Art of Meditation: meditation and visualization techniques for a healthy mind, body and soul. Farnaz’s latest book is the result of almost a decade of research on the subject of meditation.

Her Life After Death book has so far been translated into Russian, Polish, and Indonesian languages and won first prize in religion/spirituality category at the 1998 Beijing, China Book Fair. In October 2006, she presented a research paper on “Spirituality, World Religions, and NDE” at the 30th anniversary conference of the International Association of Near-Death Studies (IANDS). In June 2009, the proceedings of that conference, including her research were published as a book titled The Handbook of Near-Death Experiences: Thirty Years of Investigation.” See chapter 8.

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Curriculum Vitae (PDF)

Professional Interests

East Asian Religions, Middle Eastern Religions, Afterlife in World Religions, Near-death experiences and world religions, eastern and western meditation techniques.


  • M.A., University of Texas at Austin
  • B.A., University of Texas at Austin

Teaching History


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Mailing Address

The University of Texas
School of Social Work
1925 San Jacinto Blvd D3500
Austin, TX 78712-0358