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  • Media Studies
  • School

  • School of Arts and Sciences
  • Expertise

  • Digital Media and politics in the Middle East (specifically Iran)
  • Iranian state media
  • Iranian opposition and media
  • Languages

  • Persian
  • Human rights experience

    Former Iran researcher with international human rights organization.

    In the Media


    • Electronic Iran The Cultural Politics of an Online Evolution

      Akhavan traces key developments and confronts conventional wisdom about digital media and contemporary Iranian culture and politics. Focusing largely on 1998 through 2012 to reveal a diverse and combative virtual landscape where both geographically and ideologically dispersed individuals and groups deployed Internet technologies to variously construct, defend, and challenge narratives of Iranian national identity, society, and politics.

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