Ph.D., American Studies, 2014. New York University, New York, NY
Dissertation: Neither Washington Nor Tehran: Political Cultures of Iranian American Un/Belonging (1953–2013)
Committee: Gayatri Gopinath (Chair), Lisa Duggan, Ella Shohat, Thuy Linh Tu, and Nikhil Singh

M.F.A., Creative non-fiction, 2007. Hunter College, City University of New York, New York, NY

International Center for Persian Studies, Tehran University, Tehran, Iran
Winter–Spring 2004. Completed courses in Persian language and poetry.

B.A. English and American Literature, 1998. Brown University, Providence, RI

Persian; proficient in speaking, reading and writing.


Peer-Reviewed Articles

“‘Women can do anything men can do’: Gender and the Affects of Solidarity in the U.S. Iranian Student Movement (1965-1979).” Fall/Winter 2014. Women’s Studies Quarterly, Special Issue: Solidarity.

“The Islamic Republic Loves OWS: Is This What Solidarity Looks Like?” Fall 2012. Social Text online.

“In Search of Iran: Resistant Melancholia in Iranian American Memoirs of Return.” Comparative Studies of South Asia, Africa, and the Middle East (2011) 31(2): 487-497.

“New Middle Eastern Uprisings: Gender, Class, and Security Politics in Egypt and Iran.” March 2011. Social Text online.

Recent Literary Non-fiction and Journalism

“The Weight of the Skies: An Iranian revolutionary journey in the U.S.” Spring 2014.
Bi Taarof: A magazine of Iranian American Arts and Culture.

“Tremors: New Fiction by Iranian American Writers.” Book review. August 2013.

“New Perspectives on the Anti-War Movement.” May 2012.

“Letter from Tehran: Interview with Iranian Feminists.” June 2011

“Finding Our Voices: New Writers from the Post-revolution Generation.” May 2009.

“A Far Corner of the Revolution.” Callaloo (Winter 2009) 32 (4): 1198–1207.


“New Directions in American Studies.” Circuits of Influence: U.S., Israel, Palestine. American Studies Program Annual Conference. New York University, New York, NY. March 1, 2014.

“A Far Corner of the Revolution.” Voices from Iran: Contemporary Literature and Music. Sponsored by the Center for Middle Eastern Dialogue, State University of New York. New Paltz, NY. April 2012.

“New Middle Eastern Uprisings: Gender, Class and Security Politics in Egypt and Iran.” Sponsored by the Social Text Collective and the Department of Social and Cultural Analysis, New York University. New York, NY. February 2011.

“Mixed.” Keynote speaker at undergraduate forum on mixed-race identity,
New Jersey College University. Jersey City, NJ. February 2010.


 “The Revolutionary Affects of Diaspora: Afro-Iranian Solidarities in the U.S. (1965–1979).” Middle East Studies Association. New Orleans, LA. October 2013.

“Before We Were ‘Terrorists’: Iranian Activism in 1960s and ‘70s America.” American Studies Association, San Juan, Puerto Rico. November 2012.

“In Search of Iran: Resistant Melancholia in Iranian American Memoirs of Return.” Multi-Ethnic Literatures of the United States. San Jose, CA. April 2012.

“Remapping Diasporic Imaginaries: the ‘Green’ Uprising and Iranian American Transnational Solidarity.” Shifting Borders: America and the Middle East/North Africa, Center for American Studies and Research, American University of Beirut. Beirut, Lebanon. January 2012.

“An Indispensable Discourse? Human Rights and ‘Green’ Solidarity in Iranian America.” American Studies Association. Baltimore, MD. October 2011.

“Longing/Belonging: the Transformative Affects of Iranian American “Green” Solidarity.” Critical Ethnic Studies and the Future of Genocide Conference. Riverside, CA. March 2011.

“The Asian Connection: Resituating Iranian American Literature.” Association of Writers and Writing Programs Annual Conference. Washington, DC. February 2011.

“Iranian American Return Narratives.” 30 Years of Iranian American Literature, CUNY Graduate Center. New York, NY. September 2009.

“Recuperating Memoir: Asian Americans and the most controversial literary genre.” CUNY Conference on Asian-American Women. New York, NY.May 2008.


NYU, Department of Social and Cultural Analysis, Teaching Assistant

Spring 2013: “Intersections: Race, Gender, and Sexuality in Global Perspective.”
Lisa Duggan and Gayatri Gopinath

Fall 2012: “Introduction to Asian/Pacific/American Studies.” Dean Saranillio

Spring 2012: “Cultures and Economies.” Lisa Duggan

Hunter College CUNY, English Department, Adjunct Instructor

Spring 2009: “Introduction to Creative Writing” and “Essay Writing II”

Summer 2008: “Introduction to Creative Writing”

Fall 2007: “Expository Writing”

Spring 2007: “Introduction to Creative Writing”

Fall 2006: “Introduction to Creative Writing”


October 2013: Middle East Studies Association Travel Grant
June 2013:  Roshan Cultural Heritage Institute Graduate Fellowship
October 2012: American Studies Association Travel Grant
May 2012: Persian Studies Program, San Jose State University Summer Research Grant
May 2012: NYU Department of Social and Cultural Analysis Summer Research Grant
April 2012: NYU Department of Social and Cultural Analysis Travel Grant
January 2012: NYU Graduate School of Arts and Sciences Dean’s Travel Grant
September 2008: Hedgebrook Writing Residency Recipient
January 2006: Hertog Fellowship Recipient






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