Updated January 2020
NARGES BAJOGHLI, PhD
School of Advanced International Studies, Johns Hopkins University
RESEARCH AND TEACHING INTERESTS
Middle East; Iran; revolution and media; political anthropology; anthropology of media; paramilitary and military organizations; war; visual culture; documentary films and documentary filmmaking.
2018 Assistant Professor of Middle East Studies, School of Advanced International Studies, Johns Hopkins University
2016-18 Postdoctoral Research Associate in International and Public Affairs, The Watson Institute, and Affiliated Fellow at the Humanitarian Innovation Initiative, Brown University
2016 Ph.D., Department of Anthropology, New York University
2014 Graduate Certificate, Program in Culture and Media, New York University
2013 MPhil, Anthropology, New York University
2012 M.A., Anthropology, New York University
2008 M. A., Social Sciences, Department of Anthropology, University of Chicago
2004 B.A., Department of Political Science, Wellesley College
2016-18 Postdoctoral Research Associate in International and Public Affairs, The Watson Institute, Brown University
2016-18 Affiliated Fellow, Humanitarian Innovation Initiative, Brown University
2015-16 Fellow, The Center for Humanities, NYU
2015-16 Dean's Dissertation Fellowship, NYU
2009-15 MacCracken Graduate Fellowship, NYU
2009-10 Alice Palmer Fellowship for Graduate Studies, Wellesley College
2019-20 Discovery Award, Johns Hopkins University
2013-14 Social Science Research Council: International Dissertation Research Fellowship
2013-14 National Science Foundation: Doctoral Dissertation Improvement Grant: Awarded/Declined
2013-14 The Wenner Gren Foundation for Anthropological Research: Dissertation Fieldwork Grant
2013-14 American Institute of Iranian Studies: Pre-Doctoral Dissertation Fellowship
2013-14 Torch Prize Fellowship, Graduate School of Arts and Sciences, NYU
2016-17 Dean’s Outstanding Dissertation Award in the Social Sciences, NYU
2019 Iran Reframed: Anxieties of Power in the Islamic Republic, Stanford University Press
2020 "American Media on Iran: Hostage to a Worldview." Anthropology Now. Vol 11, Issue 3
2019 “The Researcher as National Security Threat: Surveillance, Agency, and Entanglement in Iran and the United States.” Comparative Journal of South Asia, Africa, and the Middle East, Vol 39, Issue 3.
2017 “The Outcasts: The Start of ‘New Entertainment’ in Pro-Regime Filmmaking in the Islamic Republic of Iran.” Middle East Critique 26(1).*
2016 “Iran and the Arab Spring,” with Arang Keshavarzian in The Arab Spring: Change and Resistance, 2nd Edition. David W. Lesch and Mark L. Haas, eds. Westview Press.
2014 “Digital Technology as Surveillance: The Green Movement in Iran” in Wired Citizenship: Youth Learning and Activism in the Middle East, Linda Herrera, ed. Routledge Press.
2019 Director, America Held Hostage (in production)
2015 Director and Editor, Coming to America: The Cyrus Cylinder, part of 7 Sides of a Cylinder Film.
2014 Director and Editor, The Skin That Burns (25mins). Distributed by Film Media Group.
Documentary on Iran’s volunteer soldiers who were exposed to chemical warfare during Iran-Iraq War (1980-1988). For the Graduate Program in Culture and Media.
2018 “Prozak Diaries: Psychiatry and Generational Memory in Iran” in Anthropological Quarterly 91(1).
2016 “Captive Society: The Basij Militia and Social Control in Iran” in International Journal of Middle East Studies (IJMES) 48(3).
2016 Review Essay: “Media in Iran: From the 1979 Revolution to the Green Movement.” Review of Middle East Studies 50(1): 1-5.
Conferences and Symposia Organized
2017 Middle East Toxic Wars, Brown University Engaged Scholarship Conference, Providence, November 10.
2015-16 Animating the Archives: A Series of Symposia on Iranian Cultural History, Series of Symposia, New York University: www.iranarchives.org.
2012 Fifth International Conference on the Iranian Diaspora, UCLA, October 13-14.
2010 Inside/Outside/Offside: The Role of Ideology and Citizenship in Iran from the 1979 Revolution to the 2009 Green Movement, UCLA, October 9.
2006 Bam and Beyond Seminar Part 2, Tehran, Iran, January 21.
2005 Bam and Beyond Seminar Part 1, Columbia University, November 6.
2004 First International Conference on the Iranian Diaspora, Tufts University, April 11-12.
2019 "Competing for Attention: The State and its Others in the Digital Age," American Anthropological Association Annual Conference, Vancouver, BC, November 20-24.
2019 "Islamic Media and Political Futures," Middle East Studies Association Annual Conference, New Orleans, LA, November 14-17.
2016 “Evidence in National Security Contexts,” American Anthropological Association Annual Conference, Minneapolis, MN, November 16-20.
2015 "The Politics of 'Moderate Islam' Beyond U.S. Empire," American Anthropological Association Annual Conference, Denver, CO, November 18-22.
2013 “Religion, Media, and Politics in the Middle East: An Anthropological Perspective,” Middle East Studies Association Annual Conference, New Orleans, LA, November 10-13.
2019 “The Digital War: The Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps of Iran’s Media Production at Home and Abroad,” American Anthropological Association Annual
Conference, Vancouver, British Columbia, November 20-25.
2019 “Iranian Regime Media: Islam, Nationalism, and Political Control” Middle East Studies Association Annual Conference, New Orleans, November 14-17.
2016 “Research with Iran's Revolutionary Guard Corps and Basij Paramilitary Organization: Negotiating Access, Gathering Evidence, and Attempting Distance,” American
Anthropological Association Annual Conference, Minneapolis, MN, November 16-20.
2016 “Transmitting the Revolution: An In-Depth Look at Pro-Regime Cultural Centers and Cultural Activists in Iran,” Surveying Iran Conference, Central European University
and University of Pennsylvania, Budapest, Hungry, September 1-2.
2016 “Research with Iran's Revolutionary Guard Corps and Basij Paramilitary Organization: Negotiating Access, Questioning Collaboration, and Attempting Distance,”
Society for Cultural Anthropology, Ithaca, NY, May 12-14.
2015 “Creating Moderate Shi’a Heroes for Youth in Iran,” American Anthropological Association Annual Conference, Denver, CO, November 18-22.
2014 “'Vaccinating Society': Soft War Politics in the Islamic Republic's Media World," Middle East Studies Association Annual Conference, Washington, DC, November 22-25.
2012 “Anthropology and Social Change,” organized by Emily Martin and Katherine McCaffery, American Ethnological Society Annual Conference, New York, April 21.
2011a “Censors and Cultural Producers: The Basij and Revolutionary Guards as Media Makers,” Conference: Cinema in Iran: Circulation, Censorship, and Cultural Production. Iran Media Project of Annenberg School for Communication at University of Pennsylvania. Presented in Berlin, Germany, December 15-17.
2011b “Chemical Warfare, Invisible Traces, and Photographed Pain: Evidence from the Iran-Iraq War,” in Unsettling Accounts: Photographs, Traces, and Evidence Panel,
American Anthropological Association Annual Conference, Montreal, Canada, November 16-20.
2008a “The Outcasts: Reforming the Internal ‘Other’ by Returning to the Ideals of the Revolution,” Middle East History and Theory Conference (MEHAT), The University of
2008b “The Outcasts: Reforming the Internal ‘Other’ by Returning to the Ideals of the Revolution,” Visual Representations of Iran Conference, St. Andrews University,
2008c “The Outcasts: Reforming the Internal ‘Other’ by Returning to the Ideals of the Revolution,” Middle East Studies Association (MESA) Conference, Washington, DC,
2019 “The Production of Revolutionary Media,” Johns Hopkins University, February 19.
2019 “Iran, A Revolution at Forty,” University of Washington, January 28.
2017 “The Politics of Counting,” Princeton University, NJ, April 4.
2016 “Pro-regime Media in Revolutionary Iran,” Boston University, MA, November 3.
2016 “Anxieties of Power,” Oklahoma State University, OK, November 10.
2016 “Iran after the Nuclear Deal,” San Jose State University, CA, October 21.
2015 “Battling Truths: Defending the Islamic Republic of Iran’s Sacred Memories in Film and Literature,” Iranian Studies Initiative, New York University, NY, February 19.
2014 “Islamic Media: Technology and the Sacred,” Duke University, NC, February 6-7.
2013 “Social History of Iranian Cinema” Workshop, Northwestern University, IL, February 8.
2012 “The Green Revolution and Beyond: Religion, The Internet, and Politics in Iran,” Digital Religion: Knowledge, Politics, and Practice Conference at NYU’s Center for Religion and Media, NY, February 17.
2020 Seminary Coop (University of Chicago)
2020 New York University
2020 George Mason University
2020 Stanford University
2020 San Francisco State University
2020 Penn State
2020 University of Michigan
2020 Brown University
2020 George Washington University
2019 University of Nebraska (Omaha and Lincoln)
2019 Tufts University
2019 American University of Beirut
2019 University of Arizona
2019 Princeton University
2019 Johns Hopkins University, SAIS
2019 Boston College
2019 Boston University
2019 Massachusetts Institute of Technology
2019 Yale University
* Indicates a Q/A or a talk
The Skin That Burns
2017 University of Pennsylvania*
2015 Society for Visual Anthropology Film Festival
2014 Naval Postgraduate School
2013 Ohio State University
2013 Noor Iranian Film Festival
2013 Princeton University*
2013 Peace on Earth Film Festival
2013 Columbia University School of Journalism*
2013 Hagop Kevorkian Center for Near Eastern Studies, NYU*
2013 Jaipur Film Festival
2012 Cantor Film Center, New York, NY*
2012 University of California, Irvine*
2012 Hiroshima, Japan
2012 The Hague, Netherlands
2012 Tehran Peace Museum, Tehran, Iran
Johns Hopkins University, Sole Instructor
Spring 2020 Ethnographic Research Methods (Graduate level course)
Fall 2019 Iran a Revolution at 40 (Graduate level course)
Fall 2019 Media Wars (Graduate level course)
Fall 2018 Media and the Middle East (Graduate level course)
Spring 2019 The Iranian Revolution at 40 (Graduate level course)
Brown University, Sole Instructor
Fall 2016 Middle East: Media Wars (Upper-Level Undergraduate course)
Spring 2018 Middle East: Media Wars (Upper-Level Undergraduate course)
New York University, Teaching Assistant
Video Production, Graduate Course (Fall 2015-Spring 2016; Fall 2014-Spring 2015)
Introduction to Anthropology (Fall 2012; Fall 2011)
Anthropology of Language (Spring 2012)
Certificate: Preparing Future Faculty: Achieving Success Through Communication, Spring 2015
2019 Contributor, Book Forum, Cultural Anthropology
2019 Reviewer, Visual Anthropology Review
2018 Reviewer, Public Culture
2017 Reviewer, American Anthropologist
2016 Reviewer, International Journal of Conflict Management
2016 Reviewer, Middle East Critique
2015 Reviewer, British Journal of Middle East Studies
2015 Reviewer, Medicine Anthropology Theory
2014-15 Association of Middle East Anthropology, Steering Committee for Conference Panel Planning
2012-14 Contributing Editor, Cultural Anthropology Journal
2011-13 Director, Outreach and Public Relations, Anthropology Now Journal
2011 Founder, Iranian Studies Graduate Students Association
New York University
2011-15 Steering Committee, Speaker Series, Iranian Studies Initiative, NYU
2014 Graduate Student Member, Faculty of Arts and Sciences Committee on Discipline
2012 Organizer, Radical Ethnography Study Group, NYU
2010 Steering Committee, Anthropology Graduate Students Association
Media Publications and Appearances
“Suleimani’s Death Changes Nothing for Iran” New York Times
“Soleimani’s Death Could Galvanize Shia Coalitions Against One ‘Foreign Aggressor’--
The U.S.” Democracy Now!
“What killing of Iranian general means for US, nuclear deal” PBS Newshour
"A Closer Look at Iran's Revolutionary Guard Corps" CNN
"Trump's Iran Strategy Will Fail. Here's Why." New York Times
"Iran's Other Generation Gap, 40 Years On." Foreign Affairs
“Did a Terrorist Attack Just Save the Iranian Regime?” Foreign Policy.
“Iran Will Never Trust America Again.” Foreign Policy.
“Behind the Iran Protests.” Jacobin.
“A London Television Station Has Convinced Iran the Shah was Great.” Foreign Policy.
“IRGC Media Producers Open New Front Against Rouhani.” Al Monitor.
“The Genesis of a New Iranian Nationalism.” Al Monitor.
“Syria Chemical Attack Unsettles Iran’s Chemical Weapons Survivors.” Al Monitor.
Story in the Public Square, The Pell Center, May 12, 2017: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=270niN_Bq0g
FoxNews, Dan Yorke State of Mind: "Chemical warfare expert discusses trade, uses, and effects post-Syria attack," April 17, 2017:
BBC WorldService NewsHour: "The Lasting Impact of a Chemical Attack," April 10, 2017.
“Tipsy in Tehran.” The New York Times Magazine.
“Learning to Play by Ear in Iran.” The New York Times Magazine.
PBS NewsHour: “Enforcing Iran sanctions still tangles Iranian-Americans in ‘spider’s web of laws’”
“The IRGC's Plans to Win Hearts and Minds.” Al Monitor.
“How Women, the Green Movement, and an app Shaped Iran's Election.” The Washington
“Women Win Big in Iran's Parliamentary Elections.” Al Monitor.
“Towards an Archive of the Basij: Memories from Iran’s Volunteer Militia.” Ajam Media
“How Iran is Trying to Win Back the Youth.” The Guardian.
“Iranian Vets Also Push for Nuclear Deal.” LobeLog.
“Why Iran's Revolutionary Guard Supports the Deal.” LobeLog.
“Iran’s Unfair Nationality Laws.” Middle East Research and Information (MERIP).
Adviser, CNN, Anthony Bourdain Parts Unknown: Iran.
“Debating the Iran-Iraq War on Film.” Middle East Research and Information Project, 271.
Op-Ed “US-Iran Nuclear Deal Should Open Up Academic Exchanges As Well.” The Guardian.
Guest on DemocracyNow! with Amy Goodman and Nermeen Shaikh: Obama and Rouhani Welcome New Talks, Offering Hope to Iranians Suffering Under U.S.-Led Sanctions.
Op-Ed: "President Rouhani's Overtures to the West are Genuine. Iran Voted for Change." The Guardian.
“Iran's Chemical Weapons Survivors Show Twin Horrors of WMD and Sanctions." The Guardian.
“Principled Defiance.” Interview with Shirin Neshat. Bespoke Magazine.
“Blisters and Sanctions.” Middle East Research and Information Project.
(http://www.merip.org/blisters-sanctions). (with Shahriar Khateri).
“Missed Opportunities: A Review of Arab Media.” The Revealer.
“Iranian Cyber-Struggles.” Middle East Research and Information Project
“Engaging the Public: Shirley Lindenbaum and Anthropology Now.” Anthropology News.
“OWS, Anthropology, and New York City Student Engagement.” Anthropology News,
(with Natasha Raheja)
PBS Frontline: “Empowering Iranian American Youth: The Camp Ayandeh Story – A
Conversation with Co-Founder Narges Bajoghli” by Arash Karami, August 14, 2011:
Wellesley Magazine: “After the Revolution: Spotlight on Alum, Narges Bajoghli” by Marcy Barack Black, Spring 2011.
“Devouring Their Own: The Basij in the Islamic Republic.” Huffington Post.
Researcher and Sound Director, Red Lines and Deadlines, PBS Documentary
RELEVANT PROFESSIONAL EXPERIENCE
2009-13 Director, Oral History Project of Survivors of Chemical Warfare, Tehran Peace Museum
2003-12 Co-Founder Iranian Alliances Across Borders (a 501c3 non-profit organization)
Chair, Board of Advisors, Iranian Alliances Across Borders
2002-06 Executive Director, Iranian Alliances Across Borders
Raised over $500,000 through grants. Recruited and managed staff of 25. Curator of TRANSFORM/NATION: Contemporary Art of Iran and its Diaspora, sister-exhibitions in Washington, DC and Tehran (Summer 2007) with supplemental academic talks in both cities.
Fluent in Persian and Spanish
American Anthropological Association
Society for Cultural Anthropology
Middle East Studies Association
Association for Iranian Studies
Society for Cinema and Media Studies