Employment

July 2017: Assistant Professor, Department of History of Art and Visual Culture, Rhode Island School of Design.


Education

2014 – 2017: PhD in Middle Eastern and Asian Languages and Cultures and Comparative Literature and Society, Columbia University in the City of New York.
Dissertation: “The Clarity of Meaning”: Contemporary Iranian Art and the Cosmopolitan Ethics of Reading in Art History. Academic Advisor: Hamid Dabashi. Committee: Alexander Alberro; Joaquin Barriendos; Sudipta Kaviraj; Gayatri Chakravorty Spivak.

2010 – 2013: M.Phil. in Middle Eastern and Asian Languages and Cultures and Comparative Literature and Society, Columbia University in the City of New York. Committee Members and Fields: Alexander Alberro, Art History and Historiography; Hamid Dabashi, Postcolonial Literature and Theory; Sudipta Kaviraj, Philosophy of History and Historiography.

2008 – 2010: M.A. in Art History, University of Minnesota, Twin Cities. Primary focus: Contemporary Art and Theory.

2004 – 2007: M.F.A. in Photography, Honar (Art) University, Tehran, Iran.

2000 – 2004: B.A. in Graphic Design, Sooreh University, Tehran, Iran.


Teaching
& Research
Experience

2016-2017: Preceptor: Contemporary Civilization, Core Curriculum, Columbia University.

2016 Spring: Teaching Assistant: Reading Marx (graduate seminar), Professor Gayatri Chakravorty Spivak, Columbia University.

2015 Fall: Teaching Assistant: Theory and Culture (MESAAS and ICLS), Professor Gil Anidjar, Columbia University.

2015 Spring: Visiting Adjunct Lecturer: Theories of Art II and Visual Culture in Modern and Contemporary Iran, Department of Photography and Graphic Arts (graduate level), University of Tehran, Tehran, Iran.

2014 Fall: Visiting Adjunct Lecturer: Video Art: A History of Ideas and Practices and Philosophies and Theories of Art I, Department of Photography and Graphic Arts (graduate level), University of Tehran, Tehran, Iran.

2014 Spring: Doctoral Workshop: Cosmopolitanism and Postcolonial Literature, Dipartimento di Scienze della Mediazione Linguistica e di Studi Interculturali, Università degli Studi di Milano, Milan, Italy.

2014 Spring: Visiting Adjunct Lecturer: Migrant Objects: Globalization and the Cosmopolitan Ethics of Intercultural Exchange, Dipartimento di Scienze Sociali e Politiche, Università degli Studi di Milano, Milan, Italy.

2013 Fall: Teaching Assistant: Theory and Culture (MESAAS), Professor Hamid Dabashi, Columbia University.

2012 – 2013: Teaching Assistant: Pro-Seminar (Columbia Global Centers), Professor Gayatri Chakravorty Spivak, Columbia University.

2012 Spring: Teaching Assistant: Imagining General Strike in Politics and Literature (graduate seminar), Professor Gayatri Chakravorty Spivak, Columbia University.

2011 Fall: Instructor: Intermediate Persian, Department of Middle Eastern, South Asian, and African Studies, Columbia University.

2010 – 2011: Research Assistant of Professor Gayatri Chakravorty Spivak, University Professor in the Humanities, Columbia University.

2009 – 2010: Teaching Assistant: Introduction to Film Study, Professor Robert B. Silberman, Professor Michelle Lekas, University of Minnesota, Twin Cities.

2008 – 2009: Teaching Assistant: Islamic Culture, Professor Catherine B. Asher, University of Minnesota, Twin Cities.

2008 – 2009: Teaching Assistant: Introduction to Art History, Professor Lois M. Eliason, University of Minnesota, Twin Cities.

2006 – 2008: Visiting Lecturer: Introduction to Contemporary Art and Visual Arts Criticism and Analysis, Department of Painting, Sooreh University, Tehran.

2006 – 2008: Visiting Lecturer: Visual Arts Criticism and Analysis, History of Photography II (Modern and Contemporary Photography), and An Introduction to Visual Semiology, Department of Photography, School of Art and Architecture, Azad University, Tehran.


Publica-tions

2017: [Solicited – forthcoming]: “(Mis)Translations and Some Formative Moments in the Discourse of Contemporary Iranian Art,” in ArtMargins (Cambridge, MA: MIT Press).

2016: "باربد گلشیری: علیه کلان‌روایت‌های هنر" (Barbad Golshiri: Against Grand Narratives of Art), Herfeh: Honarmand, no. 61 (Tehran: Fall 2016), 162-173 [Persian].

2016: "زمانِ اکنون و اشباحِ آن: چند نکته درباره‌ی نمایشگاه کارنامه: فرهنگ دیداری کودکان ایران" (Jetztzeit and its Ghosts: Some Notes on [the exhibition] Karnameh: Visual Culture of Iranian Children 1950-1980, Tehran Museum of Contemporary Art),” Herfeh: Honarmand, no. 60 (Tehran: Summer 2016), 183-184 [Persian], coauthored with Shervin Taheri.

2012: “The Unveiled Apple: Gender, Ethnicity, and the Limits of Inter-discursive Interpretation of Contemporary Iranian Art” in Iranian Studies 45, no. 4, (London: July 2012), 549-569.

2012: “Fragmented Visual Perception and the State of Emergency: Contemporary Art as Critique of Late Capitalism” in Alef 89, no. 4 (Tehran: January 2012): 118-121 [Persian, translated from English].

2007: Translation: “Video Art,” written by Frank Popper, Faslname-ye Honar (Art Quarterly), (Tehran: winter 2007), 202-221. Published by The Center for Art Research and Advanced Studies, Iran Ministry of Culture.

2005: “Photography: Retelling/Reproducing the Real,” Bulletin of International Assembly on Art and Globalization, Tehran Museum of Contemporary Art, Tehran [In Persian].

ONLINE:

2017: [Forthcoming] “Borders of Reality: On Anush Hamzehian and Vittorio Mortarotti’s Eden,” Global Visual Cultures (Debates: Refugees, Borders, Life Stories).


2017: William Campbell Award (for service and leadership). Graduate School of Arts and Sciences, Columbia University in the City of New York.

2016 – 2017: Ehsan Yarshater Fellow, Department of Middle Eastern, South Asian, and African Studies, The Graduate School of Arts and Sciences, Columbia University. Fellowship in recognition of academic qualifications and contributions.

2015 – 2016: Ehsan Yarshater Fellow, Department of Middle Eastern, South Asian, and African Studies, The Graduate School of Arts and Sciences, Columbia University. Fellowship in recognition of academic qualifications and contributions.

2013 – 2014: Faculty Fellow: Dissertation Research Fellowship, Columbia University in the City of New York.

2011 – 2012: Middle East Institute Summer Research Travel Fund.

2010 – 2011: Faculty Fellow: Columbia University in the City of New York.

2008 – 2009: GRPP (Graduate Research Partnership Program), College of Liberal Arts, University of Minnesota, Twin Cities.

2008 – 2009: Colonial Dames Scholarship: International Students and Scholars Services, University of Minnesota, Twin Cities.

2008 – 2010: Work–Study Scholarship: The Department of Art History, University of Minnesota, Twin Cities.

Awards


2017: “Objects that Do Not Behave: Dissenting Strategies in the Works of Ghazaleh Hedayat,” panel on Feminist Temporalities and Art Histories in the Middle East and North Africa, College Art Association Annual Conference, February, 2017.

2016: “(Mis)Translations and Some Formative Moments in the Discourse of Contemporary Iranian Art,” seminar on Cross-Cultural Values: Confluences and Conflicts, American Comparative Literature Association Annual Meeting, Harvard University, March 2016.

2012: “‘Yes, but I loved her body too’: Towards a Micropolitics of Homoeroticism in Contemporary Iranian Lenswork,” at Iranian Contemporary Art: Searching for Identity?, Bonn University, Bonn, Bonner Kunstverein, May 19-20, 2012.

2012: “Political Imagination and Utopia: Homoeroticism in Shirin Neshat’s Women without Men,” at New York University’s Graduate Conference, “Bless this Mess”; March 2, 2012.

2011: “The Unveiled Apple: Gender, Ethnicity, and the Discursive Limits of Interdiscursive Interpretation of Contemporary Iranian Art,” at Maah-e Mehr Cultural Institute, Tehran.

2010: “Words Too Few: Gender, Ethnicity, and the Discursive Limits of Interpretation of Contemporary Iranian Art,” panel on Rethinking Gender in Contemporary Iranian Art and Cinema, the Middle East Studies Association (MESA) Annual Conference, November 2010.

2009: “Vision Machines, Contemporary Art, and the Military Logic of Late Capitalism”: Azad Art Gallery, Tehran.

2009: “Antagonism and Exoticism: Toward a Model for Resisting Localization”: Azad Art Gallery, Tehran.

2009: “Clouds of Loneliness: Terminal Illnesses and Photography”: Department of Photography, University of Tehran and Azad Art Gallery, Tehran.

2008: “An Introduction to Globalization, Feminism, and Marxism in Contemporary Art”: Department of Visual Arts and Sculpture, Art University, Tehran.

INVITED LECTURES & CONFER-ENCES