Negar Mottahedeh is a cultural critic and film theorist specializing in interdisciplinary and feminist contributions to the fields of Middle Eastern Studies and Film Studies. She is known for her work on Iranian Cinema, but has also published on the history of reform and revolution, on`Abdu’l-Bahá’s vision of human solidarity and peace in the 20th Century, on Bábism, Qajar history, Shi’ih performance traditions in Iran, the history of technology, visual theory, and the role of social media in the 2009-2010 Iranian election protests. She received her Ph.D in 1998 from the University of Minnesota. She has taught at the Ohio Wesleyan University in Delaware, Ohio and in 2002 began teaching at Duke University, where she is Associate Professor in the Program in Literature and in the Women’s Studies Program. She divides her time between Durham, NC and New York City and teaches MA students in Media Studies at Pratt Institute in Brooklyn every spring semester. Her most recent book ‘Abdu’l- Baha’s Journey West: The Course of Human Solidarity on the impact of the early 20th century Iranian visionary on the emergent civil rights and suffrage movements in America and on his vision for a lasting peace only three years before the outbreak of WWI, was published by Palgrave in April 2013.