This is a recommended bibliographic list curated by participants of the “40 Years & More” Conference from 2019 with important resources for scholarship, art, literature, and film produced by, for, and about the Iranian diaspora.
Academic Books, Chapters, and Reports
Adelkhah, Fariba. 2016. The Thousand and One Borders of Iran: Travel and Identity. Iranian Studies, vol. 27. London; New York, NY: Routledge, Taylor & Francis Group.
Agawu, V. Kofi. Representing African Music: Postcolonial Notes, Queries, Positions. New York: Routledge, 2003.
Alexander, Michelle. The New Jim Crow: Mass Incarceration in the Age of Colorblindness. The New Press, 2012.
Alinejad, Donya. The Internet and Formations of Iranian Americanness: Next Generation Diaspora, Palgrave, 2017.
Alsultany, Evelyn. Arabs and Muslims in the Media: Race and Representation After 9/11. New York: New York University Press, 2012.
Alsultany, Evelyn, and Ella Shohat, eds. Between the Middle East and the Americas: The Cultural Politics of Diaspora. Ann Arbor: University of Michigan Press, 2013.
Ansari, Maboud. 1992. The Making of the Iranian Community in America. New York: Pardis Press.
Asgharzadeh, Ailreza. Iran and the Challenge of Diversity: Islamic Fundamentalism, Aryanist Racism, and Democratic Struggles. New York: Palgrave Macmillan, 2007.
Behdad, Ali, and Juliet Williams. “Neo-Orientalism.” In Globalizing American Studies, edited by Brian T. Edwards and Dilip Parameshwar Gaonkar, 283–99. Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 2010.
Braziel, Jana Evans and Anita Mannur, editors. Theorizing Diaspora. Blackwell, 2003.
Dossa, Parin Aziz. Politics and Poetics of Migration: Narratives of Iranian Women from the Diaspora. Toronto: Canadian Scholars’ Press, 2004.
Hegland, Mary E. “Household Forms and Composition: United States.” In Encyclopedia of Women and Islamic Cultures, ed. Suad Joseph, vol. 2. Leiden, The Netherlands and Herndon, VA: Brill Academic Publishers, 2005, pp. 262-265.
Hegland, Mary E. “Iranian–American Elderly in California’s Santa Clara Valley: Crafting Selves and Composing Lives.” In Muslim Diaspora: Gender, Culture and Identity. ed. Haideh Moghissi. London, New York: Routledge, 2006, pp. 205-219.
Hegland, Mary E. "Iranian Women Immigrants Facing Modernity in California's Bay Area: The Courage, Creativity, and Trepidation of Transformation," in The Iranian Woman and Modernity, Proceedings of the Ninth International Conference of Iranian Women's Studies Foundation, ed. Golnaz Amin. Cambridge, MA: The Iranian Women's Studies Foundation, pp. 35-62, 1999.
Hegland, Mary E. “Losing, Using, and Crafting Spaces for Aging: Iranian American Seniors in California’s Santa Clara Valley.” In The Cultural Context of Aging, Worldwide Perspectives, Third Edition, edited by Jay Solokovsky. Westport, CT: Bergin & Garvey, 2009, pp. 301-323.
Hegland, Mary E. “Women of Karbala Moving to America.” Women of Karbala: Ritual Performance and Symbolic discourses in Modern Shi’i Islam. Ed. Kamran Scott Aghaie, Austin: U. of Texas Press, 2005, pp. 199-227.
Karim, Persis. “In Praise of Big Noses” (Personal Essay) in Global Beauty, Local Bodies, Afshan Jafar and Erynn Casanova, editors. New York: Palgrave, 2014.
Karim, Persis. “Iranian Diaspora Literature.” Iran Today: An Encyclopedia of Life in the Islamic Republic. Manocher Dorraj and Mehran Kamrava, (eds.), Farmington Hills: Gale Publishing, 2008.
Karim, Persis. “Returning Home: Iranian-American Women’s Memoirs and Reflective Nostalgia” in Identity, Diaspora and Return Narratives in American Literature, M. Antonia Oliver- Rotger, ed., New York: Routledge, 2015.
Karim, Persis. “Re-Writing Forugh: Writers, Intellectuals, Artists and Farrokhzad’s Legacy in the Iranian Diaspora” in Forugh Farrokhad, Poet of Modern Iran: Iconic Woman and Feminine Pioneer of New Persian Poetry, Dominic Brookshaw and Nasrin Rahimieh (eds.), London: I.B. Tauris, 2010.
Khosravi, Shahram. “Illegal” Traveller: An Auto-Ethnography of Borders. Global Ethics. Hampshire, New York: Palgrave Macmillan UK, 2010.
Khosravi, Shahram. Precarious Lives: Waiting and Hope in Iran. Contemporary Ethnography. Philadelphia: University of Pennsylvania Press, 2017.
Kinzer, Stephen. All the Shah's Men: An American Coup and the Roots of Middle East Terror. John Wiley & Sons, 2008.
Maghbouleh, Neda. The Limits of Whiteness: Iranian Americans and the Everyday Politics of Race. Stanford: Stanford University Press, 2017.
Maghbouleh, Neda. “Youth and Activism: Muslim-American Girls and Women in Social Media,” EWIC Volume VI: Muslim Women & Violent Political Protest, edited by Suad Joseph & Sarah Gualtieri. Boston, MA: Brill, 2014.
Matin-Asgari, Afshin. A History of the Iranian Student Movement Abroad: The Confederation of Iranian Students/National Union, 1960-75. Diss. University of California, Los Angeles, 1993.
Matin-Asgari, Afshin. Iranian Student Opposition to the Shah. Casta Mesa: Mazda Publishers, 2002.
Mehraneh Ebrahimi, Women, Art, and Literature in the Iranian Diaspora, Syracuse University Press, 2019.
Mobasher, Mohsen Mostafavi, and Néstor Rodriguez. The Iranian Diaspora: Challenges, Negotiations, and Transformations. Austin: University of Texas Press, 2018.
Moghaddari, Sonja, forthcoming. Internal Diversity: Iranian Germans between Local Boundaries and Transnational Capital. Global Diversities. Hampshire, New York: Palgrave Macmillan.
Mottahedeh, Negar. Displaced Allegories: Post-Revolutionary Iranian Cinema. Duke University Press, 2008.
Mottahedeh, Negar. #iranelection: Hashtag Solidarity and the Transformation of Online Life. Stanford University Press, 2015.
Mottahedeh, Negar. Representing the Unpresentable: Historical Images of National Reform from the Qajars to the Islamic Republic of Iran. Syracuse University Press, 2008.
Mottahedeh, Negar. Whisper Tapes: Kate Millett in Iran. Stanford University Press, 2019.
Naghibi, Nima. "Intergenerational Memory in Children of the Jacaranda Tree." Iran’s Struggles for Social Justice. Palgrave Macmillan, Cham, 2017. 165-179.
Naghibi, Nima. Rethinking Global Sisterhood: Western Feminism and Iran. U of Minnesota Press, 2007.
Naghibi, Nima. “Seeing Beneath the Veil: Saira Shah and the problems of documentary.” Film History and Cultural Citizenship: Sites of Production. Ed. Tina Mai Chen and David S. Churchill. Routledge: 47-60.
Naghibi, Nima. “A Story Told in Flashback: Remediating Marjane Satrapi’s Persepolis.” Graphic Subjects: Critical Essays on Autobiography and Graphic Novels. Ed. Michael Chaney. U of Wisconsin Press (series in Autobiography): 167-177.
Naghibi, Nima. Women Write Iran: Nostalgia and Human Rights from the Diaspora. U of Minnesota Press, 2016.
National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP). (2014). Born suspect: Stop-and-frisk abuses & the continued fight to end racial profiling in America. Washington, DC: NAACP. Retrieved from http://action. naacp.org/page/-/Criminal%20Justice/Born_Suspect_Report_final_web.pdf
Olszewska, Zuzanna. The Pearl of Dari: Poetry and Personhood among Young Afghans in Iran. Public Cultures of the Middle East and North Africa. Bloomington: Indiana University Press, 2015.
Pakravan, Saideh. Chanteh, vol. 1-8, 1994-2001.
Puar, Jasbir K. Terrorist Assemblages: Homonationalism in Queer Times. Duke UP, 2017.
Rahimieh, Nasrin. Missing Persians: Discovering Voices in Iranian Cultural History. Syracuse UP, 2001.
Sekechi, Mahnaz. Iranians in London: Voices of Exile. London: Palgrave, 2018.
Sohrabi, Naghmeh. Taken for Wonder: Nineteenth-Century Travel Accounts from Iran to Europe. Oxford University Press, 2012.
Sullivan, Zohreh. Exiled Memories: Stories of Iranian Diaspora. Temple University Press, 2010.
Tehranian, John. Whitewashed: America’s Invisible Middle Eastern Minority. New York: New York University Press, 2009.
Vahabzadeh, Peyman. Exilic Meditations. H&S Media, 2012.
Zahedi, Ashraf. “Muslim American Women in Post 11 September.” In Cornelia Dayton et al (eds.), Women’s America, Oxford University Press, 2015, pp. 775-785.
Zimring, Franklin E. When Police Kill. Harvard University Press, 2017.
Alexanian, Janet “Publicly Intimate Online: Iranian Web Logs in Southern California.” Comparative Studies of South Asia, Africa and the Middle East 26, no. 1 (2006): 134–45.
Ansari, Ali M. “Iran and the US in the Shadow of 9/11.” Iranian Studies 39, no. 2 (2006): 155–70.
Anthias, Floya. “Evaluating ‘Diaspora: Beyond Ethnicity?” Sociology 32, no. 3 (August 1998): 557-580.
Alsultany, Evelyn. “The Cultural Politics of Islam in U.S. Reality Television.” Communication, Culture & Critique 9, no. 4 (December 2016): 595–613.
Askari, Hossein, John T Cummings, and Mehmet Izbudak. 1977. “Iran’s Migration of Skilled Labor to the United States.” Iranian Studies 10(2): 3-35.
Auliffe, Sarah. 2011.“Popular Music and Memory Construction in Iranian Diaspori Context.” Context 35/36: 59-76.
Blau, Judith R and Eric S. Brown. “Du Bois and Diasporic Identity: The Veil and the Unveiling Project.” Sociological Theory Jul 2001; 19, no. 2 (July 2001): 219-233.
Campbell, Patricia Shehan. “Music Education in a Time of Cultural Transformation.” Music Educators Journal, vol. 89, no. 1, 2002, pp. 27–54.
Chaichian, Mohammad A. “First Generation Iranian Immigrants and the Question of Cultural Identity: The Case of Iowa.” The International Migration Review, vol. 31, no. 3, 1997, pp. 612-627.
Darznik, Jasmin. “Forough Goes West: The Legacy of Forough Farrokhzad in Iranian Diasporic Art and Literature.” Journal of Middle East Women’s Studies 6, no. 1 (2010): 103–16.
Darznik, Jasmin. “The Summer I Disappeared.” Shondaland, 12 Feb. 2018, www.shondaland.com/live/family/a16768144/iranian-virginity-jasmin-darznik-song-of-a-captive-bird/.
Elahi, Babak and Persis Karim, editors. “The Iranian Diaspora.” Comparative Studies of South Asia, Africa, and the Middle East, vol. 31, 2011.
Griffin, Allia I. "Troubling the Home/Land in Showtime's Homeland: The Ghost of 1979 and the Haunting Presence of Iran in the American Imaginary." Lateral, vol. 7, no. 2 (Fall), 2018.
Griffin, Alia. "On the Burden of Proof: Racialized Violence and the Limits of Public Mourning." contemptorary. August 2017.
Hegland, Mary E. “Learning Feminist Pedagogy with Students and Iranian-American Grandparents," Association for Middle East Women's Studies Bulletin. Vol. 14, No. 3, September 1999, pp. 1-2.
Jorjani, Raha. “Could Black People in the U.S. Qualify as Refugees?” The Washington Post, WP Company, 14 Aug. 2015, www.washingtonpost.com/opinions/could-black-people-in-the-us-qualify-as-refugees/2015/08/14/b97a628a-406c-11e5-bfe3-ff1d8549bfd2_story.html.
Jorjani, Raha. "Ignoring the Court's Order: The Automatic Stay in Immigration Detention Cases." Intercultural Human Rights Law Review, vol. 5, 2010, pp. 89-124.
Jorjani, Raha. "Locked Up: Criminal and Immigration Incarceration in America-Keynote Address March 16, 2010." DePaul Journal for Social Justice, vol. 4, 2010, pp. 1-16.
Karim, Persis M. "Moving from the Margin toward the Center: Some Thoughts on the Emerging Field of Iranian Diaspora Studies." Mashriq & Mahjar 5.2 (2018): 225-231.
Karim, Persis and Nasrin Rahimieh. “Iranian-American Literature,” MELUS: Multi Ethnic Literature of the United States, vol. 33, no. 2, Summer 2008.
Karim, Persis, editor. “Iranian Diaspora Studies.” Iranian Studies, vol. 46, no. 1, 2013.
Karim, Persis, Laleh Khadivi, and Sholeh Wolpé. "'We Carry Home within Us:' A Conversation with Laleh Khadivi & Sholeh Wolpé." World Literature Today 91.5 (2017): 60-62.
Karim, Persis, editor. “Writing Beyond Iran: Writers and Literature Outside Iran.” World Literature Today, March-April edition, 2015.
Karimi, Ahmad, and Sandra M. Bucerius. "Colonized Subjects and their Emigration Experiences: The Case of Iranian Students and their Integration Strategies in Western Europe." Migration Studies, vol. 6, no. 1, 2017, pp. 1-19.
Khoshneviss, Hadi. "Accountability in a State of Liminality: Iranian Students’ Experiences in American Airports." Mobilities, vol. 12, no. 3, 2017, pp. 311-323.
Khoshneviss, Hadi. "The Inferior White: Politics and Practices of Racialization of People from the Middle East in the US." Ethnicities, vol. 19, no. 1, 2019, pp. 117-135.
Maharana, Dillip Kumar. “In Defense of Indian Perspective of Multiculturalism.” The Indian Journal of Political Science, vol. 71, no. 1, 2010, pp. 69–83.
Malek, Amy. "Claiming Space: Documenting Second-Generation Iranian Americans in Los Angeles." Anthropology of the Middle East 10.2 (2015): 16-45.
Malek, Amy. "If You're Going to Educate'em, You've Got to Entertain'em Too”: An Examination of Representation and Ethnography in Grass and People of the Wind." Iranian Studies 44.3 (2011): 313-325.
Malek, Amy. “Public Performances of Identity Negotiation in the Iranian Diaspora: The New York Persian Day Parade.” Comparative Studies of South Asia, Africa and the Middle East vol. 31, no. 2, 2011, 388–410.
Malek, Amy. "Memoir as Iranian Exile Cultural Production: A Case Study of Marjane Satrapi's Persepolis Series." Iranian Studies 39.3 (2006): 353-380.
Malek, Amy. "Public Performances of Identity Negotiation in the Iranian Diaspora: The New York Persian Day Parade." Comparative Studies of South Asia, Africa and the Middle East 31.2 (2011): 388-410.
Malek, Amy. "Subjunctive Nostalgia of Postmemorial Art: Remediated Family Archives in the Iranian Diaspora." Memory Studies (2019).
MCauliffe, Cameron. “Transnationalism Within: Internal Diversity in the Iranian Diaspora.” Australian Geographer, vol. 39, no. 1, pp. 63-80, 2008.
Monsutti, Alessandro. “Mobility as a Political Act.” Ethnic and Racial Studies vol. 41, no. 3, 2018, pp. 448–55.
Naghibi, Nima. "Diasporic disclosures: Social Networking, Neda, and the 2009 Iranian Presidential Elections." Biography (2011): 56-69.
Naghibi, Nima. "Exilic-Diasporic Life Writing and Human Rights: A Diasporic Iranian Perspective." a/b: Auto/Biography Studies 32.2 (2017): 175-177.
Naghibi, Nima. "Revolution, Trauma, and Nostalgia in Diasporic Iranian Women's Autobiographies." Radical History Review, vol. 2009, no. 105 (2009): 79-91.
Naghibi, Nima, and Andrew O'Malley. "Estranging the Familiar: ‘East’ and ‘West’ in Satrapi's Persepolis." ESC: English Studies in Canada 31.2 (2005): 223-247.
Nasrabadi, Manijeh. “In Search of Iran: Resistant Melancholia in Iranian American Memoirs of Return.” Comparative Studies of South Asia, Africa and the Middle East, vol. 31, no. 2 2011, pp. 487–97.
Nazari, H. “Constructing Alterity: Colonial Rhetoric in Betty Mahmoody’s Not Without my Daughter.” Interventions, vol. 19, no. 8, 2017, pp. 1173–92.
Selod, Saher. “Citizenship Denied: The Racialization of Muslim American Men and Women Post 9/11.” Critical Sociology, 2015.
Shakhsari, Sima. “From Homoerotics of Exile to Homopolitics of Diaspora: Cyberspace, the War on Terror and the Hypervisible Iranian Queer.” Journal of Middle East Women’s Studies 8, no. 3, 2012, pp. 14–40.
Vossoughi, Shirin and Manuel Luis Espinoza. “Boal’s Children: Theatre for the People.” B|ta’arof, pp. 50-53, 2014.
Winston, Ali. “Alameda County Public Defender Stands Up for Immigrants.” East Bay Express, East Bay Express, 1 Mar. 2019, www.eastbayexpress.com/oakland/alameda-county-public-defender-stands-up-for-immigrants/Content?oid=4048368.
Zahedi, Ashraf. “State Ideology and the Status of Iranian War Widows.” International Feminist Journal of Politics, vol. 8, no. 2, 2006, pp. 267-286.
Zahedi, Ashraf. "Contested Meanings of the Veil and Political Ideology of Iranian Regimes.” Journal of Middle East Women’s Studies, vol. 3, no. 3. 2007, pp. 75-98.
Zahedi, Ashraf. “Transnational Marriages, Gendered Citizenship, and the Dilemma of Iranian Women Married to Afghan Men.” Journal of Iranian Studies, vol. 40, no. 2, 2007, pp. 225-239.
Zia-Ebrahimi, Reza. “Self-Orientalization and Dislocation: The Uses and Abuses of the Aryan Discourse in Iran.” Iranian Studies, vol. 44, no. 4, 2011, pp. 445–72.
Creative Non-Fiction and Fiction
Ardalan, Davar. My Name is Iran: A Memoir. Henry Holt and Company, 2010.
Asayesh, Gelareh. Saffron Sky: A Life Between Iran and America. Beacon Press, 2000. (Memoir).
Amirrezvani, Anita. Equal of the Sun: A Novel. Simon and Schuster, 2012.
Bahrampour, Tara. To See and See Again: A Life in Iran and America. Univ of California Press, 2000. (Memoir).
Bigdoli, Fae. Cracked Pomegranate: A Novel. Regent Press, 2005.
Bijan, Donia. The Last Days of Café Leila: A Novel. Algonquin Books, 2017.
Darabi, Parvin. Rage Against the Veil: The Courageous Life and Death of an Islamic Dissident. Prometheus Books, 1999. (Memoir).
Darznik, Jasmin. The Good Daughter: My Mother's Hidden Life. Random House, 2012. (Memoir).
Darznik, Jasmin. Song of a Captive Bird: A Novel. Random House, 2018. (Novel).
Djavadi, Négar. Disoriental. Trans. Tina Kover, Europa Editions, 2018. (Novel).
Dumas, Firoozeh. Laughing Without an Accent: Adventures of an Iranian American, at Home and Abroad. Random House Incorporated, 2009. (Memoir).
Firouz, Anahita. In the walled gardens: A novel. Little, Brown, 2009.
Foroutan, Parnaz. The Girl from the Garden: A Novel. Ecco (Harper Collins), 2015.
Ghahremani, Zohreh. Sky of Red Poppies. Turquoise Books, New York, 2010. (Novel).
Hakakian, Roya. Journey from the Land of No: A Girlhood Caught in Revolutionary Iran. Crown, 2007. (Memoir).
Kamali, Marjan. Together Tea. Ecco (Harper Collins), 2013. (Novel).
Kashani-Sabet, Firoozeh. Martyrdom Street. Syracuse University Press, 2010. (Fiction).
Khadivi, Laleh. The Age of Orphans: A Novel. Bloomsbury Publishing USA, 2009.
Khadivi, Laleh. The Walking: A Novel. Bloomsbury Publishing USA, 2014.
Khakpour, Porochista. The Last Illusion: A Novel. Bloomsbury Publishing USA, 2014.
Khakpour, Porochista. Sons and Other Flammable Objects: A Novel. Grove/Atlantic, Inc., 2008.
Mehran, Marsha. Pomegranate Soup. Random House Incorporated, 2006. (Novel).
Moaveni, Azadeh. Lipstick Jihad: A Memoir of Growing Up Iranian in America and American in Iran. PublicAffairs, 2007.
Moshiri, Farnoosh. Against Gravity. Penguin, 2005. (Novel).
Moshiri, Farnoosh. At the Wall of the Almighty: A Novel. Interlink Books, 2000.
Moshiri, Farnoosh. The Bathhouse: A Novel. Beacon Press, 2003.
Mosteshar, Cherry. Unveiled: Love and Death Among the Ayatollahs. Coronet Books, 1995. (Memoir).
Nafisi, Azar. Reading Lolita in Tehran: A Memoir in Books. Random House Incorporated, 2008.
Nahai, Gina B. Cry of the Peacock. Simon and Schuster, 2000. (Novel).
Nahai, Gina B. Moonlight on the Avenue of Faith. Simon and Schuster, 2000. (Novel).
Nayeri, Dina. Refuge: A Novel. Penguin, 2017.
Naraghi, Akhtar. The Big Green House: A Novel in Twelve Short Stories. Edition Cedah, 1998.
Pakravan, Saideh. Azadi: Protest in the Streets of Tehran. Parallel Books, 2011. (Novel).
Pari, Susanne. The fortune catcher. Warner Books, 1997. (Novel).
Pearce, Bob, and Nayereh Fallahi. The Nidus: Cradle of Terror. Cedar Fort, 2001. (Novel).
Rachlin, Nahid. Foreigner: A Novel. WW Norton & Company, 1999.
Rachlin, Nahid. The Heart's Desire: a novel. City Lights Books, 1995.
Rachlin, Nahid. Jumping Over Fire. City Lights Publishers, 2014. (Novel).
Rachlin, Nahid. Married to a Stranger. EP Dutton, 1983. (Novel).
Rachlin, Nahid. Persian Girls: A Memoir. Penguin, 2007.
Rachlin, Nahid. Veils: Short Stories. City Lights Books, 1992.
Satrapi, Marjane. Persepolis I & II. Random House, 2008.
Sharif, Solmaz. Look. Graywolf Press, 2016. (Poetry).
Shirazi, Manny. Javadi Alley. 1984. (Novel).
Sofer, Dalia. September in Shiraz. Cargo, 2010. (Novel).
Van der Vliet Oloomi, Azareen. Call Me Zebra: A Novel. Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, 2018.
Vossoughi, Siamak. Better than War. University of Georgia Press, 2015. (Fiction).
Vahabzadeh, Peyman. Exilic Meditations. H&S Media, 2012.
Wolpé, Sholeh, ed. The Forbidden: Poems from Iran and Its Exiles. MSU Press, 2012.
Wolpé, Sholeh. The Scar Saloon: Poems. Red Hen Press, 2004.
Wolpé, Sholeh. Keeping Time with Blue Hyacinths: Poems. University of Arkansas Press, 2013.
Wolpé, Sholeh. Rooftops of Tehran. Red Hen Press, 2008.
Anvari, Babak. Under the Shadow. XYZ Films, 2016.
Akhavan, Desiree. Appropriate Behavior. Parkville Film (Gravitas Ventures), 2014.
Alami, Milad. The Charmer. Good Company Films, 2017.
Amirpour, Ana Lily. A Girl Walks Home Alone at Night. Shahre Bad Pictures, 2014.
Baig, Minhal. Hala. Apple, 2019.
Bakhtiari, Kaveh. L’escale. Epicentre Films, 2013.
Barani, Parisa. Human Terrain. TFI, 2019.
Farzaneh, Nagmeh. Scent of Geranium. Facebook, 2016.
Kashani, Maryam. Best in the West, 2011.
Keshavarz, Maryam. Circumstance. Lionsgate, 2011.
Satrapi, Marjane and Vincent Paronnaud. Persepolis. Sony, 2007.
Tehrani, Kaveh. 1994. Norwegian Film Institute, 2010.