PhD Candidate in American Studies

CV

Curriculum vitae

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EDUCATION

Ph.D. Brown University. American Studies. 2014-Present.
Dissertation: "Solidarities and Solitude: Tracing the Iranian Diaspora in the United States"
Dissertation Committee: Leticia Alvarado, Matthew Pratt Guterl (chair), Naoko Shibusawa, Evelyn Alsultany (outside reader)
Fields: Race and Race-Making in the U.S., America in the World, Cultural Studies: Thinking Through Representation and Subjectivity

M.A. Brown University. American Studies. June 2015.
Final Project: “‘But I Ain’t Goin’ Never Forget it’: The Charged Folk Humor of Richard Pryor, 1973-1976”

B.A. University of Chicago. History with Honors, French Minor. June 2014.
Thesis: “Common Streams on the Hillside: The Life and Legacy of Robert Redford’s Program in Intercultural Studies, 1951-1962”

PUBLICATIONS

2018     Review of Stealing the Show: African American Performers and Audiences in 1930s Hollywood, by Miriam J. Petty, Studies in American Humor 4 (Spring 2018).

AWARDS, HONORS, & FELLOWSHIPS

2018–2019     Interdisciplinary Opportunity Fellowship, Center for the Study of Race and Ethnicity in America, Brown University.
2018–2019     Interdisciplinary Opportunity Fellowship, Watson Institute for International and Public Affairs, Brown University. (Declined)
2018–2019     Graduate Fellowship, Cogut Institute for the Humanities, Brown University. (Declined)
2018     Graduate Student Council Conference Travel Award, Brown University.
2018     Graduate School Conference Travel Award, Brown University.
2018     Doctoral Research Travel Award, Brown University.
2017     Student Scholarship, Iranian Association of Boston.
2017     Silas Palmer Research Fellowship, Hoover Institution Library & Archives, Stanford University.
2017     Joukowsky Summer Research Award, Brown University.
2017     Travel Fellowship, American Institute of Iranian Studies.
2017     International Travel Award, Brown University.
2017     Graduate School Conference Travel Award, Brown University.
2017     Travel Stipend, Arab American Studies Association.
2016     Amos St. Germain Graduate Student Paper Prize, Northeast Popular Culture Association.
2016     Joukowsky Summer Research Award, Brown University.
2016     International Travel Award, Brown University.
2016     Graduate School Conference Travel Award, Brown University.
2015     John Lax Memorial Fellowship, Brown University.
2014–2017     American Studies Graduate Student Fellowship, Brown University.

Presentations

2018     "Radio and Student Protests: Cultivating Community in Exile during the Iranian Revolution and Hostage Crisis," American Studies Association Conference. Atlanta, GA.
2018    "Contesting Strategies: Iranian Efforts to Forge Solidarity Before and in the Wake of the Iranian Revolution," Association of Asian American Studies Conference. San Francisco, CA.
2018     "'I couldn't be me in Iran': Cultural Authenticity and the Politics of Diaspora in Bravo TV's Shah's of Sunset," Popular Culture Association Conference. Indianapolis, IN.
2017     "Disembodiment and the Politics of Knowledge Production in Nassim Soleimanpour's White Rabbit Red Rabbit," American Studies Association Conference. Chicago, IL.
2017     “Transnational Disembodiment: Contextualizing the U.S. Performances of Nassim Soleimanpour’s White Rabbit Red Rabbit,” Symposia Iranica. Pembroke College, University of Cambridge. United Kingdom.
2017     “‘We’re white—so stop shooting!’: Iranian-Arab Accent Play in Maz Jobrani’s Standup Comedy,” Association of Arab American Studies Conference. Arab American National Museum. Dearborn, MI.
2016     “The US-Iran Relationship As Told Through Cultural Production,” Invited Course Lecture, Iran and the Islamic Revolution, taught by Watson Institute Senior Fellow Steven Kinzer. Brown University. Providence, RI.
2016     “‘I am Persian like the cat, meow!’: Performances of Difference in Maz Jobrani’s Stand-up Comedy,” The Matter of Resistance Conference. University of Warwick, United Kingdom.
2015     “‘But I Ain’t Goin’ Never Forget It’: The Charged Folk Humor of Richard Pryor, 1973-1976,” Northeast Popular Culture Association Conference. Colby-Sawyer College. New London, NH.
2015     “Tracing Vulnerability in Richard Pryor’s Stand-Up Comedy,” American Studies Graduate Student Working Group. Brown University. Providence, RI.
2015     “Changing America Rhode Island: The Digital Exhibition,” American Library Association’s “Changing America” Traveling Exhibit Providence Unveiling. Center for the Study of Slavery and Justice, Providence, RI.

research experience

2016     Archival Research Assistant for “Black Student Protest from Jim Crow to the Present” course, Professor Matthew Guterl, Department of American Studies, Brown University, Providence, RI.
2016     Research Assistant for the “How Structural Racism Works” Project, Professor Tricia Rose, Center for the Study of Race and Ethnicity in America, Brown University, Providence, RI.
2014     Archival Research Assistant for The New Leviathan: Sovereign America and the Foundations of Rule in the Atomic Age. Professor James Sparrow, Department of History, University of Chicago, Chicago, IL.
2012     Bibliographic Research Assistant. Professor Mara Marin, Division of the Social Sciences, University of Chicago, Chicago, IL.

teaching experience

Instructor

Spring 2017     Race and Nation in the U.S.: Belonging Longing and Resistance. Department of American Studies, Brown University, Providence, RI.

Teaching Assistant

Fall 2016         Introduction to Ethnic/American Studies, Professor Elizabeth Hoover. Department of American Studies, Brown University, Providence, RI.
Spring 2016     Introduction to American Studies: American Icons, Professor Matthew Guterl. Department of American Studies, Brown University, Providence, RI.
Fall 2015         Global China: Forces, Frictions, and Flows, Professor Elena Shih. Department of American Studies, Brown University, Providence, RI.

University service

2016-present     Writing Associate, Brown Writing Center. Brown University, Providence, RI.
2016-present     Founder and Fellow, Brown Graduate Resources for Improving Professional Structures. Brown University Graduate School and Office of Campus Life, Providence, RI.
2016-2017         Graduate Student Representative, Department of American Studies. Brown University, Providence, RI.
2015-present     Humanities Graduate Student Representative, Diversity Advisory Board. Brown University, Providence, RI.
2015-present     Graduate Student Mentor, ALANA Mentoring Program. Brown University, Providence, RI.
2015-present     Graduate Student Member, Women of Color in Academia. Brown University, Providence, RI.
2015-present     Graduate Student Member, Graduate Students of Color Collective. Brown University, Providence, RI.
2014-present     Graduate Student Member, American Studies Graduate Student Consortium. Brown University, Providence, RI.

public service and programming

2017     Event Co-Organizer, “Banned: Racialization of the Middle East and its Diasporas in U.S. Culture” with Evelyn Alsultany and Melani McAlister, Brown University, Providence, RI.
2017     Event Co-Organizer, “An Evening with Roxane Gay” Lecture, Brown University, Providence, RI.
2016     Event Co-Organizer, “Alt Ac and the Interdisciplinary” Roundtable Discussion. Department of American Studies, Brown University, Providence, RI.
2015     Graduate Chair, “Between Camps: Writing In and Beyond the Academy” Speaker Series. Department of American Studies, Brown University, Providence, RI.
2015     Co-Curator, “Changing America: Rhode Island” Digital Exhibition. Center for the Study of Slavery and Justice, Brown University, Providence, RI.
2015     Event Co-Organizer, American Library Association’s “Changing America” Exhibition. Center for the Study of Slavery and Justice, Brown University, Providence, RI.

additional training

2017     Certificate II Program, “Syllabus Design.” Sheridan Center for Teaching and Learning. Brown University, Providence RI.
2016     Oral History Intensive with Studs Terkel Radio Archive and the Chicago Torture Justice Memorials Project, Oral History Summer School, Chicago, IL.
2016     Oral History Workshop, University of Massachusetts Amherst Public History Program and Oral History Lab. At the John Nicholas Brown Center for the Public Humanities and Cultural Heritage, Providence, RI.
2015     Certificate I Program, “Reflective Teaching.” Sheridan Center for Teaching and Learning. Brown University, Providence, RI.

language training

Persian – advanced (reading, writing, speaking)
     Immersive Persian Language Program (high intermediate), Arabic Persian Turkish Language Immersion Institute, University of Wisconsin-Madison, 2015.
French – fluent (reading, writing, speaking)
     Immersive French Language Program (intermediate), French Language School, Middlebury College, 2011.

PROFESSIONAL AFFILIATIONS

American Studies Association
American Historical Association
Arab American Studies Association
Association of Asian American Studies
Cultural Studies Association
Organization of American Historians