I am a sociocultural anthropologist specializing in the intersections of migration, citizenship, and culture in the Iranian diaspora. I am currently an Associate Research Scholar at The Sharmin and Bijan Mossavar-Rahmani Center for Iran and Persian Gulf Studies at Princeton University and Assistant Professor of International Studies at the College of Charleston. My research and teaching interests include migration studies, diaspora and transnationalism, memory, cultural policy, and visual culture, with a particular emphasis on Iranian and Middle Eastern communities in North America and Europe.
My book project is a transnational examination of the impacts of cultural policies on diasporic cultural production among and across Iranian communities in Sweden, Canada, and the United States. I have incorporated my research in consulting for a number of media outlets such as ABC Nightline, BBC World News, L.A. Times, AJ+, and Le Monde M.