Professor Akbari is engaging, accessible, and kind. I have taken World Literature Revisited I and Critical Writing with her and thoroughly enjoyed both. She creates comfortable environments for discussion and encourages students to bring their outside interests and texts into class and essays. Ati's style of teaching is hands-on and respectful of all voices. My comfortability articulating my own opinions about literary texts grew so much in Critical Writing. I encourage all English majors and others to take a class with Ati. She truly creates an enjoyable learning environment and rejects learning driven by ego and formality, both of which I view as unapproachable and discouraging forms of teaching.