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Babak Elahi

Professor
School of Communication
College of Liberal Arts

Babak Elahi

Professor
School of Communication
College of Liberal Arts

Education

BA, San Diego State University; MA, University of California at San Diego; Ph.D., University of Rochester

Bio

Babak Elahi holds a Ph.D. in English from the University of Rochester. He writes about American realism, Iranian cinema, Iranian diasporic culture, and the semiotics and politics of dress and fashion. His work has appeared in Iranian Studies, Simploke, Iran Namag, MELUS, International Journal of Fashion Studies, and Cultural Studies. His book, The Fabric of American Realism, was published by McFarland Press in 2009. Babak’s essays “Iranian Conditions: Metaphors of Illness in Iranian Fiction and Film,” and “At the Threshold of Iranian Studies” are forthcoming in the journal Iran Namag, and the book Middle East Studies after September 11 (Brill, 2018), respectively.

Babak also plays guitar and sings in local Rochester bands, The Resonant Freqs and The Tree Shakers.

Select Scholarship

Invited Keynote/Presentation
Elahi, Babak. "The Critic as Activist: Cultural Commentary in Iran's Digital Transnational Aesthetic Sphere." Iran: Art and Discourse. Asia Society and the Annenberg School for Communication, University of Pennsylvania. New York, New York. 26 Oct. 2013. Lecture.
Elahi, Babak. "Crossing Tehran Avenue: Digital, Urban, and Diasporic Spaces." Iranian Studies Seminar Series. Foundation for Iranian Studies and Toronto Initiative for Iranian Studies. Toronto, Canada. 19 Oct. 2012. Lecture.
Published Review
Elahi, Babak. "Amy Motlagh, Burying the Beloved: Marriage, Realism, and Reform in Modern Iran." Rev. of Burying the Beloved: Marriage, Realism, and Reform in Modern Iran, by Amy Motlagh. International Journal of Middle East Studies 2 May 2013: 375-377. Print.
Journal Paper
Elahi, Babak. "Poisons and Remedies in Sadegh Hedayat's The Blind Owl." Middle Eastern Literatures 15. 2 (2012): 178-80. Print.
Elahi, Babak. "Crossing Tehran Avenue: Digital and Urban Spaces in Tehran." Cultural Studies 26. 6 (2012): 956-981. Print.
Journal Editor
Tavakoli-Targhi, Mohamad, Babak Elahi (Guest Editor), and Persis Karim (Guest Editor), ed. Comparative Studies in South Asia, Africa and the Middle East. Durham, NC: Duke, 2011. Print.