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Roozbeh Shirazi


Caught Shopping While Iranian: Diasporic Solidarity and the Globalization of Collective Punishment

[Image by Valeriy Osipov via Flickr]

In recent years, the Iranian New Year, Norooz, has become a fairly predictable time for US presidents to gesture towards “dialogue” and mutual respect between the United States and the Iranian people, while criticizing the repressive policies and nuclear aspirations of the Islamic Republic of Iran (IRI). George W. Bush spoke often of the Iranian people’s right to live in a “free society,” and ended his presidency with an opulent haft sin display in the dining room of the ...

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Beyond Mullahs and Persian Party People: The Invisibility of Being Iranian on TV

[Bravo's cast for Shah's of Sunset. Image from]

At first glance, the impending premiere of Bravo’s Shahs of Sunset would seem to herald that Iranian Americans have finally achieved melting pot bliss in the cauldron of American multiculturalism. After three decades of villainy, cultural essentialism, and protagonistic invisibility in American media, six youngish southern Californian (SoCal) adults—who party, shop, and date(!)—are poised to catapult Iranians into the American mainstream as ethnic bon vivants. A short while ...

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Roozbeh Shirazi


Roozbeh Shirazi is a postdoctoral fellow in the College of Education and Human Development at the University of Minnesota. His research interests include the cultural production of schooling, the pedagogy of citizenship and national belonging, narratives of identity in the Iranian diaspora, and the politics of representations of youth in the Middle East. His work on education reform, youth citizenship, and masculinities in Jordan has been published in peer-reviewed journals such as Comparative Education and the Journal of Peace Education. He has also coauthored manuscripts on issues of culture, language, and identity within the Iranian-American community. His current research examines how immigrant and transnational youth are positioned and participate in the construction of knowledge regarding national belonging and citizenship in the United States.