PhD Candidate in American Studies

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The Archive Diaries 01: The Hoover Institution

In Spring 2017, I received the honor of becoming a Silas Palmer Fellow at the Hoover Institution, which funded my trip to research at their archives in Palo Alto. The following essay was written for the Hoover Institution website and talks about my research experience and some of the Collections I consulted while I was there.

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Family Album Series: Oral History and My Family Album (#1)

I spent the last two weeks in Los Angeles, both to spend time with my family and to begin mapping out the nitty gritty of my oral history work. Given that my research doesn't easily lend itself to the well-established archives housed in cultural institutions and universities, I have acquired the technical and theoretical skills needed to collect oral histories over the years of my graduate study. This summer, the real work of it begins, as I start to collect oral histories of Iranian Americans around Los Angeles for my dissertation.

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