Narges Bajoghli is a Postdoctoral Research Associate at the Watson Institute at Brown University. She received her PhD in socio-cultural anthropology from New York University, where she was also trained as a documentary filmmaker in NYU's Culture and Media Program. Her research focuses on pro-regime cultural producers in Iran, and is based on over 18 months of ethnographic research with Basij, Ansar-e Hezbollah, and Revolutionary Guard media producers in Iran.
Narges' dissertation is entitled: "Paramilitary Media: Revolution, War, and the Making of the Islamic Republic of Iran" and was supported by dissertation research grants from the Social Science Research Council, the National Science Foundation (awarded/declined), The Wenner Gren Foundation for Anthropological Research, the American Institute of Iranian Studies, and NYU's Torch Fellowship.
In addition to her academic writing, Narges has also written on Iran for The New York Times Magazine (Learning to Play by Ear in Iran, Tipsy in Tehran), The Guardian, The Washington Post, Al Monitor, Middle East Research and Information Project (MERIP), The Huffington Post, and LobeLog, and has appeared as a guest commentator on DemocracyNow!, NPR, BBC WorldService, PBS NewsHour, BBC Persian, and HuffPost Live.
I am a media and political anthropologist with expertise in revolution, religion, and in the Middle East. Broadly, my research concerns contemporary mass mediations of Islamic politics. Grounded in ethnographic research, my work speaks to interdisciplinary questions of generational change and how media “make” and retain revolutionary citizens over time. My current project, Anxieties of Power: Paramilitary Media in the Islamic Republic of Iran, builds on 18-months of ethnographic fieldwork in Iran exploring military and paramilitary produced media as sites of internal contestations about the future of the Islamic Republic and the struggle to create “new” revolutionaries among Iran’s majority-young population.
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2016 Special Issue: “Battling Truths: The Legacy of the Iran-Iraq War in the Islamic Republic of Iran,” co-editor with Amir Moosavi in Middle East Critique (Forthcoming)*
2016 “Pro-Regime Iranian Filmmakers and the Legacies of the Iran-Iraq War” in Middle East Critique (Forthcoming)*
2016 Review Essay: “Media in Iran: From the 1979 Revolution to the Green Movement” in Review of Middle East Studies 50(1) 1-5.
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.
2016 “Captive Society: The Basij Militia and Social Control in Iran” in International Journal of Middle East Studies (IJMES) 48(3).
Fall 2016 Middle East: Media Wars (Upper-Level Undergraduate course)
February 10, 2017
Narges Bajoghli in Al-Monitor, "American universities have been quick to respond. Presidents from the United States’ leading colleges and universities have individually and jointly sent letters to Trump, including a widely publicized letter from 47 university presidents stressing that the executive order threatens American higher education."
January 11, 2017
Postdoctoral Fellow Narges Bajoghli on the Funeral of Former Iranian President Rafsanjani
November 28, 2016
Three Watson Institute scholars, Narges Bajoghli, Chas Freeman, and Stephen Kinzer, are signatories to a new report that was recently published on the Iran policy recommendations for the new U.S. administration.
October 3, 2016
Narges Bajoghli in Al-Monitor, "Iran has long been a leader in the Middle East on treating infertility, with nearly 100 clinics nationwide that serve not only Iranian couples, but also couples from neighboring states who come to take advantage of the country’s open stance toward such treatments."
September 16, 2016
Narges Bajoghli, international and public affairs researcher, comments on the appeal of top Iranian military commander Qassem Soleimani.