Middle East Studies

Nahid Siamdoust

Assistant Professor, Media and Middle East Studies, University of Texas at Austin

Nahid Siamdoust has been researching and reporting about Iran as an academic and journalist for over twenty years. She is currently an assistant professor of media and Middle East studies at the University of Texas at Austin. She earned her Ph.D. from the University of Oxford, was the inaugural Yarshater Postdoctoral Associate in Iranian Studies at Yale University, and a visiting professor in the anthropology of religion at Harvard Divinity School. Nahid is the author of Soundtrack of the Revolution: The Politics of Music in Iran (Stanford, 2017), and has published in academic journals such as Iranian Studies, International Journal of Middle East Studies, and Cultural Anthropology. Previously, she was an Iran correspondent for Time Magazine and a Middle East correspondent for Al Jazeera International. Her recent commentaries have appeared in The New York Times, New Lines Magazine, Foreign Policy, BBC, and NPR. In 2023, she launched the podcast series “Woman, Life, Freedom: All in on Iran,” which captures and archives important knowledge on the Zhina/Mahsa uprising in Iran.