PhD Candidate in American Studies

About Ida

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About ida

Ida Yalzadeh is a PhD Candidate in the Department of American Studies at Brown University and is the 2019–2020 recipient of the Marilyn Blatt Young Dissertation Completion Fellowship from the Society for Historians of American Foreign Relations.

Originally from Los Angeles, California, Ida studies the Iranian diaspora in the context of histories of race and US empire. Her dissertation, titled "Solidarities and Solitude: Tracing the Racial Boundaries of the Iranian Diaspora," examines Iranian American subject formation from the mid-20th century to the present. It highlights how this population offers an important historical lens through which to see racial formation within U.S. empire as a varied and ongoing process reflective of the changing political context. As such, it seeks to emphasize how, as Donna Gabaccia theorizes, immigration history is foreign relations history.

Her research has received funding from the Society for Historians of American Foreign Relations, the Hoover Institution Library and Archives, the Iranian Association of Boston, the American Institute of Iranian Studies, and Brown University’s Graduate School.

Outside of her work, she enjoys listening to podcasts, roasting vegetables, and getting lost in cities.

about the blog

The blog serves as a space to work through thoughts on research, pedagogy, and current politics and culture having to do with Ida's academic interests.

For more information on its purpose, please read the post, On "Consenting to Learn in Public".