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Faculty: Negar Mottahedeh  

Negar Mottahedeh
Title: Associate Professor
Office Location: 125C Friedl Building
Office Phone: +1 919 681 3461
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  • PhD, University of Minnesota, 1998
  • MA, University of Minnesota, 1994
  • BA, Mount Holyoke College, 1990
  • Other, New College, Oxford University, 1988

Research Interests:  

Negar Mottahedeh is a cultural critic and film theorist specializing in interdisciplinary and feminist contributions to the fields of Middle Eastern Studies and Film Studies. She is known for her work on Iranian Cinema, but has also published on the history of reform and revolution, on`Abdu'l-Bahá's vision of human solidarity and peace in the 20th Century, on Bábism, Qajar history, Shi'ih performance traditions in Iran, the history of technology, visual theory, and the role of social media in the 2009-2010 Iranian election protests. She received her Ph.D in 1998 from the University of Minnesota. She has taught at the Ohio Wesleyan University in Delaware, Ohio and in 2002 began teaching at Duke University, where she is Associate Professor in the Program in Literature and in the Women's Studies Program. She divides her time between Durham, NC and New York City and teaches MA students in Media Studies at Pratt Institute in Brooklyn every spring semester. Her most recent book 'Abdu'l- Baha's Journey West: The Course of Human Solidarity on the impact of the early 20th century Iranian visionary on the emergent civil rights and suffrage movements in America and on his vision for a lasting peace only three years before the outbreak of WWI, was published by Palgrave in April 2013.

Representative Publications   (More Publications)   (search)


  • N. Mottahedeh. Representing the Unpresentable: Images of Reform from the Qajars to the Islamic Republic of Iran.  Syracuse University Press, 2008 . [html]
  • N. Mottahedeh. Displaced Allegories: Post-Revolutionary Iranian Cinema.  Duke University Press, 2008 . [books.php3]
Articles in a Journal
  • N. Mottahedeh. "Where are Kiarostami's women?." Alphabet City  (2003). 9,400 words
  • N. Mottahedeh. ""Life is Color!" Towards a transnational feminist analysis of Mohsen Makhmalbaf's Gabbeh." Signs  (2004). Special Issue on film feminisms
  • N. Mottahedeh. "Off the Grid: Reading Iranian Memoirs in Our Time of Total War." MIddle East Research and Information Project  (September 2004). [html]
  • N. Mottahedeh. "Karbala Drag Kings and Queens." The Drama Review  (Winter, 2005). 73-85
  • N. Mottahedeh. "“Collection and Recollection: on studying the early history of the motion pictures in Iran”." Early Popular Visual Culture  (June, 2008).
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