Narges Bajoghli, PhD is a Postdoctoral Research Associate in International and Public Affairs at the Watson Institute at Brown University. She received her PhD from New York University, where she was also trained as a documentary filmmaker. Her research focuses on pro-regime cultural producers in Iran, and was supported by research grants from the Social Science Research Council, the National Science Foundation (awarded/declined), The Wenner Gren Foundation for Anthropological Research, the American Institute of Iranian Studies, and NYU\'s Torch Fellowship.
She is the director of The Skin That Burns, a documentary film about survivors of chemical warfare in Iran, distributed by Film Media Group. The film has screened in The Hague, Hiroshima, Jaipur, Tehran, and in the U.S. (New York, New Orleans, New Jersey, Chicago, and Irvine), at festivals and university campuses.
Narges is also the co-founder of Iranian Alliances Across Borders (IAAB, http://www.iranianalliances.org/), which focuses on empowering the young generation of Iranian Americans through leadership building. IAAB is the largest youth-based organization in the Iranian diaspora. Since 2003, Narges has overseen, among others, the development of its International Conferences on the Iranian Diaspora, the creation of Camp Ayandeh, and co-curated TRANSFORM/NATION: Contemporary Art of Iran and Its Diaspora, sister exhibitions in Washington DC and Tehran. In addition to her work in IAAB, Narges has also worked extensively with NGOs in Iran and Latin America (Cuba, Nicaragua, and Costa Rica).
Prior to her doctorate, Narges received a M.A. and MPhil from New York University, a M.A. from the University of Chicago, and her B.A. from Wellesley College. As the recipient of the Susan Knafel Fellowship, Narges spent three semesters researching at the University of Tehran\'s Faculty of Law and Political Science, and developing projects focused on the victims of chemical weapons during the Iran-Iraq War.
In addition to her academic writing, Narges has also written about Iran for a wider audience in The New York Times Magazine, The Guardian, The Washington Post, Al Monitor, Middle East Research and Information Project (MERIP), The Huffington Post, and LobeLog. She has also appeared as a guest commentator on Iranian politics on DemocracyNow!, NPR, BBC WorldService, PBS NewsHour, BBC Persian, and HuffPost Live.