Published Work


  • “Soundtrack of the Revolution: The Politics of Music in Iran,” Stanford  University Press, 2017

Book Chapters

  • “The Re-emergence and Evolution of Pop Music in the Islamic Republic of Iran: From Heavenly to Earthly
    Love” in Social Change in Post-Khomeini Iran, M. Monshipouri (ed.), Hurst & Co. Press, 2016.
  • “Neither Islamic nor a Republic: Discourses in Music” in Cultural Revolution in Iran: Contemporary Popular
    Culture in the Islamic Republic, A. Sreberny & M. Torfeh (eds.), I.B. Tauris, 2013.

Academic Articles

  • ‘Blurring the lines between the public and the private: Tehran’s soundscape as a contested public sphere’ in Divercities: Contested Space and Urban Identities in Beirut, Cairo and Tehran, Nadia von Maltzahn & Monique Bellan (eds.)
  • ‘Neither Islamic nor a Republic: Discourses in Music’ in Cultural revolution in Iran: contemporary popular culture in the Islamic Republic, Annbelle Sreberny & Masoumeh Torfeh (eds.), London: I.B. Tauris, 2013.
  • ‘From Heavenly to Earthly Love: The re-emergence and evolution of pop music in the Islamic Republic’ in Social Change in Post-Khomeini Iran, Mahmood Monshipouri & Kamran Mehrava (eds.) – forthcoming
  • Iran Reframed: Anxieties of Power in the Islamic Republic. Stanford University Press, 2019. 
  • Oil in Geopolitics. St Antony’s International Review, 2006.
  • ‘The Hostage-Takers’ Second Act,’ co-written with Bill Berkeley in Columbia Journalism Review (Nov 2004)
  • “Silence Falls on Iran’s Protest Movement: Despair Turns to Indignation in the Shadow of War,” Foreign
    Affairs, 6 Jan 2020;
    “A revolution of culture” in IPPR Progressive Review (August 2019);
  • Jadaliyya (NEWTON: New Texts Out Now): “Nahid Siamdoust, Soundtrack of the Revolution: The Politics of
    Music in Iran” (5 Jan 2019);
  • “A Musician Revered by Iranians, But Banned by the State, New York Times Op-Ed (17 Oct 2020);
  • “Why Iranian Women Are Taking Off Their Head Scarves,” New York Times Op-Ed (3 Feb 2018);
  • Macleod, Scott and Siamdoust, Nahid. Iran, Still Defiant. Time, 2004.
  • “What Iran has planned for its morality police” on NPR
  • “Nationwide Revolution in Iran” on Democracy Now!
  • “In Iran, Political Dissenters Find Expression Through Rap Music” on NPR
  • “Why is Iran’s Regime So Afraid of This Song?” in Foreign Policy 
  • “Woman, Life, Liberty” in New Lines Magazine

Book Reviews

  •  Arab Studies Journal (forthcoming): Nazanin Shahrokni, Women in Place: The Politics of Gender Segregation in Iran (University of California Press, 2020)
  • International Journal of Middle East Studies Review of Pardis Mahdavi’s Passionate Uprisings: Iran’s Sexual Revolution (Palo Alto, Calif.: Stanford University Press, 2009); 2011, vol. 43, Issue 01
  • ‘Iran’s Past and Future,’ Review of Homa Katouzian’s The Persians (New Haven, Conn: Yale Univ Press, 2009) in The National Newspaper (18 Mar 2010)
  • International Journal of Communication Review of Mehdi Semati’s (ed) Media, Culture and Society in Iran: Living with Globalization and the Islamic State (London: Routledge, 2007); 2008, vol. 2
  • Iran Reframed: Anxieties of Power in the Islamic Republic. Narges Bajoghli (Stanford, CA: Stanford University Press, 2019). Pp. 176
  • LSE Review of Books (Spring 2015): Fawaz Gerges, The New Middle East: Protest and Revolution in the Arab World (Cambridge UP, 2014)

Selected Time Magazine & The Los Angeles Times articles

TIME cover stories: ‘Power of the People’ (29 Jun 09), ‘The Return of Rafsanjani’ (13 Jun 05); ‘In Iran, Conspiracy Theories Flourish on State TV’ (2 Jul 09), ‘In Tehran, a Rallying Cry: We are the People’ (15 Jun 09), ‘Iran’s Presidential TV Debates’ (4 Jun 09), ‘Rock Me, Ahmadinejad!’ (6 Jun 08), ‘Messiah vs. Ahmadinejad’ (7 May 08), ‘Tehran’s Filmmakers under Fire’ (14 Mar 08), ‘Iran Cleric Struggles to Get Alternative Views to TV Screens’ (9 Jan 06), ‘Iranian Blogger Returns from Exile to Vote’ (23 Jun 05), ‘Neo-Cons take Tehran’ (5 Mar 04), ‘The Critical Cleric’ (3 May 04)