The SFU Department of History presents the 17th Annual Drs Fereidoun & Katharine Mirhady Endowed Lecture in Iranian Studies:
Dr. Nahid Siamdoust is the inaugural Ehsan Yarshater Fellow at Yale University’s Program in Iranian Studies at the MacMillan Center for International and Area Studies. She is a cultural historian whose work concentrates primarily on the intersection between politics and various modes of cultural production and media forms in Iran and the wider Middle East, with a critical focus on questions of cultural mediation, political power and social mobilization. Her book, Soundtrack of the Revolution: The Politics of Music in Iran (Stanford University Press, 2017) was based on her award-winning doctoral dissertation at Oxford University. Siamdoust holds a B.A. in Political Science and Art History, and a Master of International Affairs from Barnard College and Columbia University, respectively. Prior to her doctorate, she worked as a full-time Iran and Middle East based journal-ist for TIME Magazine, Der Spiegel and Al Jazeera English TV.