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Negar Mottahedeh

Photo of Duke Professor Negar Mottahedeh. Negar Mottahedeh is an Associate Professor in the Program in Literature at Duke University. 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-Baha's vision of human solidarity and peace in the 20th Century, on Bábism, Qajar history, performance traditions in Iran, the history of technology, visual theory, Majid Tavakoli and the Men in Scarves Movement (also known as the "I am Majid" campaign), and the role of social media in the 2009–2010 Iranian election protests. With the publication of ''#iranelection: Hashtag Solidarity and the Transformation of online life'' in 2015, she expanded her focus to the cultures and practices of the web, writing on the political efficacy of selfies, memes and gifs in ''The Hill'' (2017), and pieces on internet security and Iranian hacker culture on WIRED's platform ''Backchannel'' (2017). She also wrote articles for ''Observer,'' covering the effects of President Trump's travel ban, and the persecution of the Jews and the Baha’is (2017).

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. Mottahedeh curated the "Reel Evil: Films from the Axis of Evil" film festival with Miriam Cooke in 2003 and created Brainquake with Golbarg Bashi in response to Boobquake on April 26, 2010. Provided by Wikipedia