I am a sociocultural anthropologist specializing in the intersections of migration, citizenship, and culture in the Iranian diaspora. I am currently Assistant Professor of Global Studies and the Chair/Director of the Iranian and Persian Gulf Studies program at the School of Global Studies & Partnerships at Oklahoma State University. Prior to this, I was Assistant Professor of International Studies at the College of Charleston, and an Associate Research Scholar at The Sharmin and Bijan Mossavar-Rahmani Center for Iran and Persian Gulf Studies at Princeton University. My research and teaching interests include migration studies, diaspora and transnationalism, memory, and visual culture, with an emphasis on Iranian and Middle Eastern communities in North America and Europe.
My current book project is a transnational ethnography of the impacts of cultural policies on diasporic Iranian communities in Sweden, Canada, and the United States. I have drawn on my research in essays and in consultations or appearances for media outlets such as ABC Nightline, BBC World News, L.A. Times, New York Times , AJ+, and Le Monde M.