Najmeh Moradiyan Rizi

Ph.D Student
Graduate Teaching Assistant
Primary office:
Summerfield Hall
Room 124-B

Najmeh is a Ph.D. Candidate in the Department of Film and Media Studies at the University of Kansas. Her research primarily focuses on the gendered transformations of Iranian society and the intersection of these changes with Iranian film industry. Najmeh received her B.F.A. (Cinema - Editing Concentration) and M.A. (Cinema Studies) from Tehran University of Art in Iran. Before joining KU's FMS department, she received an M.A. in Film and Media Study from the State University of New York (SUNY) at Buffalo.  

Academic Interests

Middle Eastern Cinemas; Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality Studies; Documentary Film Studies; Transnational Cinema


- Moradiyan Rizi, Najmeh. "The Acoustic Screen: The Dynamics of the Female Look and Voice in Abbas Kiarostami's Shirin." Synoptique 5.1 (2016): 44-56.

- Moradiyan Rizi, Najmeh. "Iranian Women, Iranian Cinema: Negotiating with Ideology and Tradition." Journal of Religion and Film 19.1 (2015): Article 35.

- Book Review of New Media Configurations and Socio-Cultural Dynamics in Asia and the Arab World (2015) by Nadja-Christina Schneider and Carola Richter.

- Book Review of Hanan al-Cinema: Affections for the Moving Image (2015) by Laura U. Marks.

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