Associate Professor of Literature
I am a cultural critic and theorist specializing in interdisciplinary and feminist contributions to the fields of Middle Eastern Studies and Film and Media Studies. I have published four books on Iranian Cinema, the history of reform, revolution and the uses of social media in protest. My new book "#iranelection: Hashtag Solidarity and the Transformation of Online Life" (Stanford University Press, 2015) is about one such social media mobilization. "#iranelection" follows the protest movement around Iran's fraudulent presidential election in 2009 to investigate how emerging social media platforms developed as a result of the international solidarity around the hashtag. Just as the world turned to social media platforms to understand the events on the ground, social media platforms adapted and developed to accommodate global activism. "#iranelection" reveals the new online ecology of social protest and offers a prehistory, of sorts, to the uses of hashtags and trending topics, of selfies and avatar activism, citizen journalism and YouTube mashups.
Fluent: English, Farsi (Modern Persian), Norwegian Bokmål and Nynorsk
Proficient: French, German, Arabic (Classical and Modern), Spanish
- Ph.D., University of Minnesota, Twin Cities 1998
- M.A., University of Minnesota, Twin Cities 1994
- B.A., Mount Holyoke College 1990
Mottahedeh, N. "The Mutilated Body of the Modern Nation: Qurrat al-'Ayn Tahirah's Unveiling and the Iranian Massacre of the Babis." Comparative Studies of South Asia, Africa and the Middle East 18.2 (1998): 38-50.
Mottahedeh, N. "Ruptured Spaces and Effective Histories: The Unveiling of the Babi Poetess Qurrat al- ’Ayn-Tahirih in the Gardens of Badasht." UCLA Historical Journal 17 (1997): 59-81.
Mottahedeh, N. "Scheduled For Judgment Day: The Ta'ziyeh Performance in Qajar Persia and Walter Benjamin's Dramatic Vision of History." Theatre InSight 8.1 (1997): 12-20.
The Day I Became a Woman . Consultant. (2003)
Held at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.
Anime film festival. Consultant. (2002)
Held at Columbus College of Art and Design, Ohio.
Iranian film festival. Consultant. (2002)
Held at Emory University, Atlanta, GA.