Published Work


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

Academic Articles

  •  ‘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
  • 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.) –
  • ‘The Hostage-Takers’ Second Act,’ co-written with Bill Berkeley in Columbia Journalism Review (Nov 2004)

Book Reviews

  • 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


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)