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Narges Bajoghli

Narges Bajoghli

Assistant Professor Johns Hopkins, SAIS
Postdoctoral Fellow in International and Public Affairs, 2016-2018


Narges Bajoghli
 (pronounced: Nar-guess Baa-jogh-lee) is Assistant Professor of Middle East Studies at the School of Advanced International Studies (SAIS), Johns Hopkins University. She is an award-winning anthropologist, filmmaker, and writer.

Narges' academic research is at the intersections of media, power, and military in the Middle East. Specifically, her research focuses on regime cultural producers in Iran, and is based on ethnographic research with Basij, Ansar-e Hezbollah, and Revolutionary Guard media producers. The resulting book, Iran Reframed: Anxieties of Power in the Islamic Republicwill be published by Stanford University Press in September 2019.

Narges' research has been supported by grants and fellowships 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, Johns Hopkins University, New York University, and Brown University.  

Narges received her PhD in socio-cultural anthropology from New York University, where her dissertation was awarded the Dean's Outstanding Dissertation Award in the Social Sciences. She was also trained as a documentary filmmaker in NYU's Culture and Media Program. 

Narges is currently working on three new research projects.  
In addition to her academic writing, Narges has also written for such publications as The New York Times, The New York Times MagazineForeign Affairs, The Guardian, Foreign Policy, and JacobinShe has also appeared as a guest commentator on Iranian politics on CNNDemocracyNow!NPRBBC WorldServiceBBC NewsHour, and PBS NewsHour as well as in Spanish on radio across Latin America. 


Outside of academia, Narges was the co-founder of the non-profit organization, Iranian Alliances Across Borders (IAAB), has worked with NGOs in Iran and Latin America (Cuba, Nicaragua, and Costa Rica), and has curated and organized art exhibitions and exchanges in the` United States, Iran, and Cuba for two decades.