Duke University | Classical Studies:

    Negar Mottahedeh
  • Negar Mottahedeh

  • Associate Professor of Literature
  • Overview

    I am a cultural critic and theorist specializing in interdisciplinary and feminist contributions to the fields of Middle Eastern Studies and Film and Media Studies. I have published four books on Iranian Cinema, the history of reform, revolution and the uses of social media in protest. My new book "#iranelection: Hashtag Solidarity and the Transformation of Online Life" (Stanford University Press, 2015) is about one such social media mobilization. "#iranelection" follows the protest movement around Iran's fraudulent presidential election in 2009 to investigate how emerging social media platforms developed as a result of the international solidarity around the hashtag. Just as the world turned to social media platforms to understand the events on the ground, social media platforms adapted and developed to accommodate  global activism. "#iranelection" reveals the new online ecology of social protest and offers a prehistory, of sorts, to the uses of hashtags and trending topics, of selfies and avatar activism, citizen journalism and YouTube mashups.



    Languages
    Fluent: English, Farsi (Modern Persian), Norwegian Bokmål and Nynorsk
    Proficient: French, German, Arabic (Classical and Modern), Spanish

  • Education

    • Ph.D., University of Minnesota, Twin Cities 1998
    • M.A., University of Minnesota, Twin Cities 1994
    • B.A., Mount Holyoke College 1990
  • Awards and Honors

    • Signature course "Hashtags Memes & Digital Tribes". Office of the Dean., 2016
    • Middle East Book Award for #iranelection. Washington Post., 2015
    • Arts and Sciences Annual Research Grant for “#iranelection”. Duke University., 2015
    • The Josiah Charles Trent Memorial Foundation for “BP Oil films”. Duke University., 2015
    • Humanities Writ Large Grant for “Muslim Publics” . Mellon Foundation., 2013
    • Partnership in a Global Age Grant for “Art of Democratic Revolution”. Mellon Foundation., 2013
    • Research in Practice Program. Unknown., 2010
    • Latifeh Yarshater Award for "Representing the Unrepresentable". Persian Heritage Foundation., 2008
    • Persian Heritage Foundation Book Award for Displaced Allegories. Persian Heritage Foundation, Columbia University ., 2008
    • Faculty Fellow. John Hope Franklin Humanities Institute, Duke University., 2004
    • Rockefeller Foundation Residency Program Fellowship. Institute for Research on Women, Rutgers University., 2001
    • Best Dissertation of the Year Award. The Foundation for Iranian Studies., 1998
    • Harold Leonard Fellowship in Film Research. University of Minnesota., 1995
    • MacArthur Pre-Dissertation Field Research Fellowship. University of Minnesota., 1995
    • Comparative Studies in Discourse and Society Departmental Fellowship. Department of Cultural Studies and Comparative Literature, University of Minnesota., 1991
    • Norwegian Government Fellowship for Graduate Study Abroad. Kingdom of Norway., 1991
  • Professional Activities

    • Presentation
      • “Residual Slick: The discovery of “modern Iran” in Anglo-American oil films” . World Literature Symposium. Binghamton University. April 2016
      • “How to See the World: A Conversation with Nicholas Mirzoeff” . Forum for Scholars and Publics. Duke University. March 2016
      • “Under the hood: #iranelection” . Faculty Book Watch. Duke University. March 2016
      • “Media Dissent, Theory and Practice: #iranelection” . Art History and Communication Studies. February 1, 2016
      • “Outrage fatigue, democracy, and activism in the age of information overload: A Conversation with Rahaf Harfoush”. Forum for Scholars and Publics. Duke University. February 2016
      • “The Future of the Meme: #Iranelection, Activism, Social Media,”. Institute for Advanced Study. University of Minnesota.. January 28, 2016
      • “Beirut and Paris Attacks and Social Media”. Scholars and Publics. November 19, 2015
      • “Role of Social Media during Beirut & Paris attacks". IslamiCommentary Storified. November 17, 2015
      • “Beirut and Paris attacks on Social Media: A Conversation with Laurent Dubois”. Forum for Scholars and Publics . Duke University. November 2015
      • “#iranelection, #Beirutattacks, #PrayforParis” . Tisch School, New York University . November 2015
      • “Residual Slick: The discovery of ‘modern Iran’ in Anglo-American oil films”. American Studies Association,. October 2015
      • “Residual Slick: Territorial expansion and Benthic depths in the Golestan film cycle”. Drilling Through the Screen Conference. Stockholm University. October 2015
      • “New Texts Out Now: Negar Mottahedeh, #iranelection: Hashtag Solidarity and the Transformation of Online Life” . September 23, 2015
      • “#iranelection” . University of New South Wales. September 2015
      • #iranelection: How solidarity around a hashtag transformed the ecology of online life during the 2009 Iranian election crisis. Iranian Studies Initiative. May 2015
      • “Bearing Witness #Iranelection: Negar Mottahedeh and Phil Bennett on the Lessons of Rosewater” . IslamiCommentary. April 10, 2015
      • “Bearing Witness #Iranelection: Negar Mottahedeh and Phil Bennett on the Lessons of Rosewater”. IslamiCommentary. April 10, 2015
      • Bearing Witness #Iranelection: Negar Mottahedeh on the Background of Rosewater. IslamiCommentary. April 10, 2015
      • An anatomy of the Islamic cyborg. Wednesdays at the Center. April 2015
      • Tweeting Judgment Day. Geographic Imaginaries Conference. April 2015
      • The Gaze and the Voice in Iranian Cinema. Women's Studies. April 2015
      • “That selfie isn’t self-love: It’s activism” . . March 16, 2015
      • “Pop Culture’s Slyest Decoders: Selfie Scholars take the stage” . Forbes/Tech. March 14, 2015
      • Negar Mottahedeh and Phil Bennet Screen Jon Stewart’s Iran movies Rosewater March 17. IslamiCommentary. March 11, 2015
      • Speaking Duckface to Power. SxSW Interactive. March 2015
      • Freedom of Speech and Social Media. Kenan Ethics. March 2015
      • Post-screening conversation of “Rosewater”. March 2015
      • Le vent nous portera: Of lovers possessed, times entangled, and bodies carried away . SCMS special program “Winds from the Middle East”. March 2015
      • Forum for Public and Scholars lunch conversation with filmmaker James Longley. February 2015
      • Crude Extractions: The Quest for Oil and the Construction of an Imaginary Modernity in Iranian Cinema. February 2015
      • Post-screening conversation of “The Visitor”. January 2015
      • “Listen: Tufekci and Mottahedeh talk YouTube, Net Neutrality and Social Movements”. IslamiCommentary. November 4, 2014
      • Listen: Tufekci and Mottahedeh talk YouTube, Net Neutrality and Social Movements. IslamiCommentary. November 4, 2014
      • An Anatomy of the Islamic Cyborg. Cultural Anthropology. November 2014
      • Iranian National Cinema, a Woman's Cinema? (with Gohar Homayounpour and Ranji Khanna). Women's Studies. November 2014
      • One Light: Cinema and Islamic Spirituality. Image Voice Action Conference Media Studies. November 2014
      • Hashtag #Iranelection and the transformation of the ecology of online life. The Office of News and Communications. November 2014
      • Tweeting Judgment Day. Middle Eastern Studies Conference. November 2014
      • “One Light : Cinema and Islamic Spirituality” . Image Voice Action Conference Media Studies. McGill University. November 2014
      • “Oil: pastoralism & modernity in the Golestan film cycle” . Society for Iranian Studies Biennial. October 2014
      • “Expanding the Duke Classroom” . Duke Today. September 3, 2014
      • Expanding the Duke Classroom. Duke Today. September 3, 2014
      • Oil: Pastoralism & modernity in the Golestan film cycle. Iranian Studies Conference. August 2014
      • Abbas Kiarostami’s "Like Someone in Love". Vision Room Series. Pratt Institute. April 2014
      • “Technology and the Sacred: Voices and Faces of the Adhan in Cairo”. IslamiCommentary. March 19, 2014
      • Technology and the Sacred: Voices and Faces of the Adhan in Cairo. IslamiCommentary. March 19, 2014
      • “Collection/Recollection: Iranian Cinema” . Critical Genealogies of the Middle East. University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill . 2014
      • “Iranian New Wave and its preservation” a conversation with Jamsheed Akrami,. November 1, 2013
      • “The Golestan workshop and the future of the Iranian New Wave” a response to Hamid Naficy. November 1, 2013
      • “#CNNfail: Embodied acts of dissent in the age of viral reality". October 1, 2013
      • “The Muslim Sensorium Commune”. June 1, 2013
      • “Abdu’l Baha’s Journey West: The Course of Human Solidarity". IslamiCommentary. April 17, 2013
      • “I evig Transitt: Akademiske Nomader' . Forskerforum. April 2013
      • “Harlem Shake” . IslamiCommentary. March 17, 2013
      • “Iranian Cinema: A Women’s Cinema”. March 1, 2013
      • “Iranian Cinema: the Industrializing Years 1941-1978”. February 1, 2013
      • “Here Comes Everybody” . IslamiCommentary. January 14, 2013
      • “Filmmaking in Iran” . KBIA 91.3 Mid-Missouri Public Radio. December 6, 2012
      • Jafar Panahi’s Offside and the fate of the filmmaker in the 2009 post-election uprising.. November 1, 2012
      • The Ta'zieyh and Iranian Cinema. May 1, 2012
      • Transformations in the politics of spectacle. February 1, 2012
      • “ Allah-o-Akbar” on the documentary film series “Bridge to Iran”. February 1, 2012
      • “ Hashtag #Iranelection”. December 18, 2011
      • Circulating Photographs: Iranian women in revolt 1953, 1978, 2009. December 1, 2011
      • “Calling the Nation into Being”. MESA. December 2011
      • "Citizen Journalism in Iran: Hashtag #Iranelection” . MLA Presidential forum. December 2011
      • “Where the Future Nests: Babi and Baha’i Photography”. Intellectual Othering and the Baha’i Question in Iran conference. University of Toronto. July 2011
      • “Jafar Panahi, Mohammad Rasoulof tribute at YBCA” . San Francisco Gate. March 20, 2011
      • “Iranian Cinema: A Sense-history”. February 1, 2011
      • “Calling a Nation into Being: Protest and Parapraxis in Iran”. February 1, 2011
      • “Mundus Imaginalis: a response to Hamid Dabashi on the Sites of Iranian cinema”. Columbia University. February 2011
      • “Reading The Battle of Algiers”. Pratt Institute. February 2011
      • Men in Scarves. December 2, 2010
      • Art of Attention: Contemporary Iranian Art: A Response. December 2, 2010
      • Modernscapes and the Secret of Divine Civilization. November 1, 2010
      • On the streets of Tehran: Women Protesting in the streets: 1953, 1979, 2009. September 1, 2010
      • “Iranian Cinema thrives despite restrictions”. Here & Now (Public Radio). June 2010
      • Iranian Cinema Before and After 1979. May 1, 2010
      • The 2009 Iranian Presidential Election and the role of Social Media. April 1, 2010
      • Social Media in Education. April 1, 2010
      • The Iranian Political Crisis: Social Media Brought you the news. April 1, 2010
      • Calling the Nation into being: the chants of the post-Election uprising historically. April 1, 2010
      • “An internet coup d’ta-tas” . All Tech Considered, NPR. April 2010
      • “Coup d’ta-tas: Cleric’s Comments ignite skin-bearing backlash” . Herald de Paris. April 2010
      • “Iran, Social Media, Women and more…”. April 2010
      • “Social Media in the classroom” . Future Web (futureweb2010blog). April 2010
      • “Social Media in Education” . FutureWeb 2010/WWW2010. April 2010
      • The 2009 Iranian Presidential Election and the role of Social Media. March 1, 2010
      • National Cinemas and Cine-Semiotics. February 1, 2010
      • The 2009 Iranian Presidential Election and the role of Social Media. February 1, 2010
      • The uses of social media in the classroom. February 1, 2010
      • “Social Media and other research on Iran” . Online Office Hours (dukeofficehours.com). February 2010
      • “The uses of social media in the classroom”. Duke University. February 2010
      • Twitter Film Festival 1. November 27, 2009
      • “Iranian Cinema: A history of the Sense”. November 27, 2009
      • Accented Cinemas of the Middle East. November 27, 2009
      • Twitter Film Festival 2. November 27, 2009
      • “The 2009 Iranian Presidential Election and the many uses of Twitter”. November 27, 2009
      • “Changes in eyewitness accounts from 1979 and 2009”. November 27, 2009
      • Changes in eyewitness accounts from 1979 and 20092009. November 27, 2009
      • “Picturing Ourselves: 1953, 1979, 2009”. November 27, 2009
      • Iranian cinema. November 27, 2009
      • “Displaced Allegories: on Iranian cinema". November 27, 2009
      • “Some Professors Jitters over Twitter are easing”. November 27, 2009
      • “Twitter Film Festival Goes Live at Duke”. November 27, 2009
      • “Changes in eyewitness accounts from 1979 and 2009” . The State of Things, NPR. November 2009
      • “Displaced Allegories: on Iranian cinema” . Second Cinema, iTunes. October 2009
      • “Iranian cinema” . PBS World Focus. October 2009
      • “Iranian National Cinema, a Woman's Cinema?" . Duke Visual Studies, Duke University. October 2009
      • Iranian National Cinema, a Woman's Cinema?. Duke Visual Studies, Duke University.. October 2009
      • Islamic Cyborgs? A Study of Iran's Mystical Cinema . Leiden University, Holland. October 2009
      • “The 2009 Iranian Presidential Election and Social Media”. September 2009
      • Myth and History in Iranian Studies. August 1, 2009
      • The 2009 Iranian Presidential Election and the role of Social Media. August 2009
      • “The 2009 Iranian Presidential Election and the role of Social Media” . August 2009
      • “Some Professors Jitters over Twitter are easing” . Washington Post. June 2009
      • “The commodified film body and the Imaginal world: A study of post- Revolutionary Iranian Cinema". April 2009
      • “Where the future nests: 19th century Babi and Baha'i photography. April 2009
      • “Twitter Film Festival Goes Live at Duke” . Chronicle of Higher Education. April 2009
      • “Iranian Film Industry Thriving, Hollywood learns” . CNN.com. March 2009
      • “Picturing Ourselves: 1953, 1979, 2009". PBS Frontline, Tehran Bureau. January 2009
      • "Iranian National Cinema, a Woman's Cinema?" . November 2008
      • “Islamic Cyborgs? A Study of Iran's Mystical Cinema”. Southern Illinois University, Edwardsville. October 2008
      • “The commodified film body and the Imaginal world: A study of post- Revolutionary Iranian Cinema". Medias Religions Conference. Duke-UNC. February 2008
      • “Axis of Evil: Aftershocks” . Denison University Museum, Ohio. January 2008
      • “Prohibition and Production: Panahi’s Offiside” . North Carolina State University. November 2007
      • “On Panahi’s Offside with Sheryl Irwin”. WGVU. October 2007
      • “Prohibition and Production: Panahi’s Offiside” . GVSU Middle East Film Festival. October 2007
      • “On Iranian Cinema” . 40th Anniversary of The Society for Iranian Studies. October 2007
      • “Contextualizing Representations of Sexual Politics in the Middle East” paper on Elle Flanders “Zero Degrees of Separation” . Sexuality Studies, Duke University. September 2007
      • “The Iranian Film Industry: a History”. Literature Program, Duke University. March 2007
      • “Collection/Recollection: Studying the History of National Cinemas” . Society of Cinema Studies. March 2007
      • “Image as Event”. Panel on Cultural Fictions and Symbolic Realities, Under Fire and The Second International Biennial of Contemporary Art of Seville . November 2006
      • “Contemporary Iranian Cinema: A Woman's cinema". AMEWS panel. Middle Eastern Studies Association (MESA). November 2006
      • “The Fruits of Total War”. Panel on Cultural Fictions and Symbolic Realities. Under Fire and The University of Seville. November 2006
      • “Realism and Global Sense Perception”. Under Fire and the University of California, San Diego. November 2006
      • “Iranian Cinema as a Woman's Cinema”. Psychoanalytic Society. October 2006
      • “Bayza’i’s Bashu and the problem of a national language in cinema”. Department of Asian and African Languages and Literatures, Duke University. September 2005
      • “Reading the news image” . FOCUS Middle East Program. IDC, Duke University. September 2005
      • “The modest gaze in the New Iranian Cinema” . FOCUS Middle East Program. IDC, Duke University. September 2005
      • “The film function in the Third World” . Literature Program, Duke University. September 2005
      • “Fredric Jameson “Sokurov and the Late Modern” . Respondent, Post-Soviet Culture Theory. February 2005
      • “The Gaze: Tactile, Modest, Averted” . Iranian Cinema. Whitney Humanities Center, Yale University. January 2005
      • “Reel Evil: Film Festivals, Dictatorship and the Passion for cinema” . Charles Darwin University, Australia. June 2004
      • “Hollywood Remakes, Bollywood Samples and the global film market” . Globalization and Indigenous Cultures conference. Zhengzhou University, China. June 2004
      • “Cinematic Utopias?” . Society for Iranian Studies Biennial. May 2004
      • “Responding to Indigenous Films: Thinking Reception". Rethinking the Humanities, Globalization and the limits of Translation seminar. Duke University. 2004
      • “Transnational feminism and cinema” . Transnational Feminism and the International Faculty Seminar. Duke University. 2004
      • “New Iranian Cinema” . The Day I Became a Woman Film Festival and Conference on Iranian Cinema. University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. October 2003
      • “Bollywood V. World: nationalists, mullahs, Bajrang Dal and political potboilers”. Freeman Conference From the Book to the Internet: Communication Technologies, Human Motions and Cultural Formations in Eastern Asia. University of Oregon. October 2003
      • “Where are Kiarostami’s Women” . Kevorkian Center, New York University. May 2003
      • “Shock and Awe: The Organization and International Response to Reel Evil: Films from the Axis of Evil” . Ohio State University. May 2003
      • “Teaching World Cinema” . Literature Graduate Colloquium. Duke University. April 2003
      • “Reel Evil” . Fox News TV. March 10, 2003
      • "Film: Changing Perceptions of Real Evil: View life through the cinematic lenses of 'our worst enemies'". Duke Chronicle. Duke University. March 6, 2003
      • “Le cinéma de l'axe du Mal". Le Monde. March 5, 2003
      • “Reel Evil”. All Things Considered National Public Radio. March 2, 2003
      • “Reel Evil” . MTV Campus Network. March 2003
      • “Narrative, Universality and Displacements in Cinema” . Narrative. March 2003
      • The Shifting Turf of Third Cinema” . Society for Cinema Studies. March 2003
      • “Reel Evil". WRAL TV (CBS). February 28, 2003
      • “Reel Evil” . BBC Five Live. February 27, 2003
      • “Reel Evil”. Berlin Sfb. February 27, 2003
      • “Reel Evil” . BBC World Service. February 26, 2003
      • “Reel Evil” . MSNBC TV Live. February 26, 2003
      • “'Reel Evil' Duke series to screen films from 'rogue' states”. The Herald Sun. February 26, 2003
      • "Reel Evil” . BBC London. February 24, 2003
      • “Reel Evil” . CNNfn TV Live. February 24, 2003
      • “Reel Evil” . Stirling Faux. CKNW ACURA BC, Vancouver Radio Live. February 22, 2003
      • “Film Series to Showcase Works from Axis of Evil Nations” . February 19, 2003
      • “Primitives Circulating the Globe” . Middle Eastern Studies Association Annual Convention. November 2002
      • “An Introduction to Anime” . Columbus College of Art and Design. October 2002
      • “What is it saying?" . Conference on Iranian Cinema. Columbia University and The Lincoln Center. September 2002
      • “Iranian Cinema”. BBC Art. August 2002
      • "Myth and History in Iranian Studies" . August 2002
      • “Ramin Serry's Maryam” . All Things Considered, NPR. July 30, 2002
      • “Ta'ziyeh in New York” . BBC Persian. July 19, 2002
      • “Karbala Drag Kings and Queens". Ta’ziyeh. The Asia Society. July 2002
      • “Gabbeh's montage: the emancipation of the global screen". Society for Iranian Studies Biennial Conference. May 2002
      • “Karbala Drag Kings and Queens” . Society for Iranian Studies Biennial Conference. May 2002
      • "Hamid Rahmanian: Shahrbanu" . The Cinema Culture and Society program. Liberal Studies, Parson School, New School University. May 2002
      • “Ramin Serry's Maryam: an introduction”. Emory University. April 2002
      • “Feminist Approaches: Rights and Responsibilities". Conversation on the Current Crisis at the Intersection of Race and Gender with Charlotte Bunch. Rutgers, State University of New Jersey. October 2001
      • “Framed Unframed” . School of Oriental and African Studies/Barbican Centre. May 2001
      • “Ethnography and new Orientalism in contemporary Middle Eastern Cinemas” . Society for Cinema Studies Conference. Society for Cinema Studies . May 2001
      • "Halfaouine: Coming of age with a Freudian fetish” . Modern Languages Association. December 2000
      • “Shirin Neshat: Fervor, Rapture and Turbulence” . Gallery Talk. Wexner, Center for the Arts. October 2000
      • “Iranian Cliches: Locating National Modernity in Photography” . Society for Iranian Studies Biannual Conference. Society for Iranian Studies . May 2000
      • “Iranian Cinema: Representations of a Hybrid Nation” . Society for Iranian Studies Panel, Middle Eastern Studies. Society for Iranian Studies . November 1999
      • “Fashioning Qajar Iran: the Camera in the Hand of Nasir al-Din Shah” . Nineteenth Century Studies. March 1999
      • “The Enamored: Enunciating the Hybrid Iranian nation" . English Department, Amherst College. March 1999
      • “The Enamored: Enunciating the Hybrid Iranian nation" . English Department, Amherst College. March 1999
      • “Dialect and Diversity in Iranian Cinema: Bahram Bayza'i's Bashu” . Modern Languages Association. March 1999
      • “Framing Qajar Iran: the Camera in the Hand of Nasir al-Din Shah”. Near Eastern Languages and Cultures, Ohio State University. February 1999
      • “Framing Qajar Iran: the Camera in the Hand of Nasir al-Din Shah” . Graduate Colloquium. Department of Cultural Studies and Comparative Literature, University of Minnesota. February 1999
      • “Constructive Controversy in HECUA's City Arts Program” . National Society for Experiential Education. October 1998
      • “Women in Iranian Cinema". Radio Iran. March 8, 1998
      • “The Mutilated Body of the Modern Nation: Qurrat al-’Ayn’s Unveiling and the Persian Massacre of the Babis circa 1852” . Cramp'd into a Planisphere: Mapping Cultural Spaces. University of Haifa. December 1997
      • “Resurrection, Return, Reform: Ta’ziyeh as Model for Early Babi Historiography”. Middle Eastern Studies Association. November 1997
      • “Maybe Some Other Time: Bahram Bayza'is film language” . Cross-Cultural Poetics. University of Minnesota. October 1997
      • “Maybe Some Other Time: Bahram Bayza'is film language” . Cross-Cultural Poetics. University of Minnesota. October 1997
      • “The Mutilated Body of the Modern Nation: Qurrat al-’Ayn’s Unveiling and the Persian Massacre of the Babis circa 1852” . Interdisciplinary Nineteenth Century Studies Twelfth Annual Conference. University of California at Berkeley. April 1997
      • “Striking on the Plains of Karbala: Walter Benjamin’s Dramatic Vision of History and the Ta’ziyeh Performance in Qajar Persia”. Festival of Original Theatre and Film. University of Toronto. March 1997
      • “Trouble in Paradise: The Disarticulation of Islamic Space in Babi Discourse (1844-53)”. Graduate Student’s Conference on History. Princeton University. October 1995
      • “Reading the Arabian Nights in the Gardens of Versailles” . November 1994
      • “Readings in Postcolonial Theory: The Unhomely Nights in Versailles” . Midwestern Modern Languages Association. November 1994
      • “Reading the Arabian Nights in the Gardens of Versailles” . Midwestern Eighteenth Century Studies. University of Minnesota. October 1994
      • “The Emergence of ‘the limit attitude’ in Foucault’s Genealogical Study of the Subject”. University of Minnesota Scholars Conference. University of Minnesota. February 1994
      • “French Feminist Theory: Toward a Definition of a Language of Exile" . Center for European Studies. University of Minnesota. November 1992
      • “Nietzsche’s Language of Exile and Écriture Féminine” . German Studies, University of Minnesota. October 1992
    • Service to the University
      • Co-Convener. How to See the World: A Conversation with Nicholas Mirzoeff. Duke University. 2016
      • Co-Convener. Outrage fatigue, democracy, and activism in the age of information overload: A Conversation with Rahaf Harfoush. Duke University. 2016
      • Duke University. Committee for selection of the Frankel Fellowship. 2015 - 2016
      • Duke University. Committee for the Selection of the Boone Fellowship. 2015 - 2016
      • Duke University. Committee for the selection of the Dean’s Graduate Fellowship . 2015 - 2016
      • Duke University. Committee for the selection of the Price Fellowship. 2015 - 2016
      • Committee Member. Humanities Writ Large Steering Committee. Duke University. 2015 - 2016
      • Duke University. Committee for the Selection of the Scott Fellowship. 2015 - 2016
      • Collaborator. The After Oil School: Explorations and Experiments in the Future of Energy, Culture and Society. After Oil School, University of Alberta. 2015
      • Co-Convener. Beirut and Paris attacks on Social Media: A Conversation. Duke University. 2015
      • Co-Convener. Conference on Vico. Duke University. 2015
      • Convener. FHI Residency & Speaker Series at Duke: Marxist Conservation Brennan & Ganguly. Duke University. 2015
      • Duke University. Executive Committee of the Graduate School . 2014 - 2016
      • Co-Convener. Islamic Media: Technologies and the Sacred: Collective Research Project. AMES, Duke University. 2014
      • Duke University. AMES Tenure Committee. 2014
      • Co-Convener. Islamic Media: Technology and the Sacred . Duke University. 2014
      • Co-Convener. #Kobane: Feminism and Autonomy in the Rojava Revolution . Duke University. 2014
      • Co-Convener. What happens to #Ferguson affects Ferguson: Net Neutrality, Algorithmic filtering and Ferguson . Duke University. 2014
      • AMES, Duke University. Islamic Studies Hiring Committee. 2013 - 2014
      • Program in Literature (3rd year review). 2013 - 2014
      • Co-Convener. Islamic Media: Sense and Sensation . Duke University. 2013
      • Duke University. Duke Digital Futures Provost Taskforce. 2009 - 2011
      • Literature Department, Duke University. Graduate fellowship Committee, Program in Literature. 2009
      • Literature Department, Duke University. Undergraduate Curriculum Committee, Program in Literature. 2009
      • Women's Studies, Duke University. Women's Studies Visual Cultures Search Committee. 2009
      • Women's Studies, Duke University. Women’s Studies Tenure Committee. 2009
      • Graduate Job Placement Advisor. Program in Literature. Literature Department, Duke University. 2007 - 2010
      • Literature Department, Duke University. Executive Committee Program in Literature. 2007 - 2009
      • Duke University. Trans-cultural Humanities University Wide. 2006 - 2009
      • Literature Department, Duke University. Graduate Admissions Commitee. 2005 - 2009
      • Faculty Advisor. Graduate Job Placement. Literature Department, Duke University. 2005
      • Literature Department, Duke University. Graduate Admissions Committee. 2004 - 2015
      • Literature Department, Duke University. Undergraduate Curriculum Committee. 2004
      • Faculty Advisor. Graduate Job Placement. Literature Department, Duke University. 2004
      • Duke University. Film and Video Integration Committee. 2004
    • Service to the Profession
      • Editor. Academia.edu. 2015 - 2016
      • Member. Newcombe Fellowship Committee. Woodrow Wilson National Fellowship Foundation. 2015 - 2016
      • Advisory Board Member. Tarikh. 2014 - 2016
      • Advisory Board Member. Tarjuman. 2014 - 2016
      • Member. Selfies Research Network. 2014 - 2016
      • Co-Convenor. Islamic Media: Technology and the Sacred Conference. 2014
      • Islamic Media: Technologies and the Sacred. Collective Research Project (AMES 495/695). 2014
      • curatorial advisor : Asia Society’s Iranian New Wave film series. November 2013
      • Co-Convener. Islamic Media: Sense and Sensation Conference. November 2013
      • Member of Board and Associate Editor : Internationals Journal of International Journal of Comparative Literature and Translation Studies (AIAC). January 15, 2013
      • Co-Convenor. Islamic Media: Sense and Sensation. 2013
      • Member of Editorial Board . The journal Anthropology of the Contemporary Middle East and Central Eurasia (ACME). 2012
      • organizer, presenter, panelist : Asia Society’s Tribute to Jafar Panahi. December 14, 2011
      • co-curator : Middle Eastern Film Festival. December 14, 2011
      • short fiction judge : Women’s Voices Now- Middle East. December 14, 2011
      • Brainquake-- A Social Media Feminist initiative. 2010 - 2011
      • International Society of Iranian Studies blog. 2010 - 2011
      • Curator : Accented Cinemas of the Middle East. 2009 - 2010
      • Curator : Twitter Film Festival 1 & 2. 2009 - 2010
      • Chair : Chair Society Shaykhi, Babi And Baha'i Studies, MESA. 2008 - 2009
      • Organizing Committee Member. Iranian Studies Conference . 2007
      • Chair. Middle East Caucus. Society for Cinema Studies. 2004
      • Conference Committee Member. Society for Iranian Studies. 2003 - 2004
      • Chair and organizer . Author meets Critic panel on Hamid Dabashi's Close Up: Iranian Cinema Past, Present and Future . Emory University. April 2002
      • Associate Editor. Comparative Studies of South Asia, Africa and the Middle East. 2002 - 2016
      • Chair and organizer for panels . "Post-Revolutionary Iranian Cinemas” and "Art in Modernity” , Center for Iranian Research and Analysis Convention. Center for Iranian Research and Analysis . April 2001
      • Book Review Editor. International Journal of Middle Eastern Studies. 2001 - 2006
      • Board Member. Division of West Asian Languages . Modern Language Association (MLA). 2000 - 2005
      • Board Member. Center for Iranian Research and Analysis. 2000 - 2003
      • Series Editor. Research Notes H-Net List . Shaykhi, Babi And Baha'i Studies. 1998 - 1999
      • Convener. Series on Demographic Changes. Higher Education Consortium for Urban Affairs. 1998
      • Member. American Studies Association. 1997
      • Member. Middle Eastern Studies Association. 1997
      • Member. Modern Languages Association. 1997
      • Moderator. H-Net List. Shaykhi, Babi And Baha'i Studies. 1997
      • Member. Society for Cinema Studies. 1997
      • Member. Society for Iranian Studies. 1997
    • Outreach
      • Women’s Voices Now- Middle East. Short Fiction judge. 2011
  • Selected Publications

  • Selected Grants

    • Abdu'l Baha in America or How did a Middle Eastern 19th Century Reformer Impact American Cultural Life and Politics? 2010 - 2011
    • A Research Project to Highlight the History, the Production, as Well as the Aesthetic and Stylist Traditions of Six Worl 2003 - 2004
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