Ida Yalzadeh

American Studies

Brown University

71 George Street

Providence, RI 02912

E-mail: Ida_Yalzadeh@brown.edu

EDUCATION

Ph.D. Brown University. American Studies. 2014-Present.

Dissertation Title: “Solidarities and Solitude: Tracing the Racial Boundaries of the Iranian Diaspora”

Dissertation Committee: Matthew Pratt Guterl (co-chair), Naoko Shibusawa (co-chair), Leticia Alvarado, Evelyn Alsultany (outside reader)

M.A. Brown University. American Studies. June 2015.

B.A. University of Chicago. History with Honors, French Minor. June 2014.

Thesis: “Common Streams on the Hillside: The Life and Legacy of Robert Redford’s Program in Intercultural Studies, 1951-1962”

PUBLICATIONS

2018

Review of Stealing the Show: African American Performers and Audiences in 1930s Hollywood, by Miriam J. Petty, Studies in American Humor 4 (Spring 2018).

AWARDS AND FELLOWSHIPS

External

2019-2020

Marilyn Blatt Young Dissertation Completion Fellowship, Society for Historians of American Foreign Relations.

2019

Honorable Mention, Dissertation Completion Fellowship, Ford Foundation.

2019

Graduate Student Prize for Research in Iranian Diaspora Studies, Center for Iranian Diaspora Studies, San Francisco State University.

2018

Samuel Flagg Bemis Dissertation Research Grant, Society for Historians of American Foreign Relations.

2017

Student Scholarship, Iranian Association of Boston.

2017

Silas Palmer Research Fellowship, Hoover Institution Library & Archives.

2017

Travel Fellowship, American Institute of Iranian Studies.

2017

Travel Stipend, Arab American Studies Association.

2016

Amos St. Germain Graduate Student Paper Prize, Northeast Popular Culture Association.

Internal

2019-2020

Graduate Fellowship, Cogut Institute for the Humanities, Brown University. (Declined)

2018, 2019

Doctoral Research Travel Grant, Brown University.

2016-2019

Graduate School Conference Travel Award, Brown University.

2018-2019

Stanley J. Bernstein Fellowship, Brown University.

2018-2019

Interdisciplinary Opportunity Fellowship, Center for the Study of Race and Ethnicity in America, Brown University.

2018-2019

Interdisciplinary Opportunity Fellowship, Watson Institute for International and Public Affairs, Brown University. (Declined)

2018-2019

Graduate Fellowship, Cogut Institute for the Humanities, Brown University. (Declined)

2016-2018

Joukowsky Summery Research Award, Brown University.

2017

Faculty Grant, Center for the Study of Race and Ethnicity in America, Brown University.

2016, 2017

International Travel Award, Brown University.

2015

John Lax Memorial Fellowship, Brown University.

2014-2017

American Studies Graduate Student Fellowship, Brown University.

PRESENTATIONS

2019

“Clashes of the Iranian Students Association: Influences of Non-State Actors in U.S.- Iran Relations, 1978-1982,” Society for Historians of American Foreign Relations Conference. Arlington, VA.

2019

“‘Your victory, too, shall be ours’: Iranian Student Claims to Third World Solidarity during the Iran-Iraq War,” Association of Asian American Studies Conference. Madison, WI.

2019

“Eating the (Iranian) Other: Liberal Multiculturalism and American Exceptionalism in Mixed Nutz,” Iranian Diaspora Studies Conference. San Francisco, CA.

2018

“The Battle of Beverly Hills: Emerging Iranian Racialization in the United States,” American Studies Association Conference, Atlanta, GA.

2018

“Contesting Strategies: Iranian Efforts to Forge Solidarity Before and in the Wake of the Iranian Revolution,” Association of Asian American Studies Conference. San Francisco, CA.

2018

“‘I couldn’t be me in Iran’: Cultural Authenticity and the Politics of Diaspora in Bravo TV’s Shahs of Sunset,” Popular Culture Association Conference. Indianapolis, IN.

2017

“Disembodiment and the Politics of Knowledge Production in Nassim Soleimanpour’s White Rabbit Red Rabbit,” American Studies Association Conference. Chicago, IL.

2017

“Transnational Disembodiment: Contextualizing the U.S. Performances of Nassim Soleimanpour’s White Rabbit Red Rabbit,” Symposia Iranica Conference. Pembroke College, University of Cambridge. United Kingdom.

2017

“‘We’re white—so stop shooting!’: Iranian-Arab Accent Play in Maz Jobrani’s Standup Comedy,” Association of Arab American Studies Conference. Arab American National Museum. Dearborn, MI.

2016

“The US-Iran Relationship As Told Through Cultural Production,” Invited Course Lecture, Iran and the Islamic Revolution, taught by Watson Institute Senior Fellow Steven Kinzer. Brown University. Providence, RI.

2016

“‘I am Persian like the cat, meow!’: Performances of Difference in Maz Jobrani’s Stand-up Comedy,” The Matter of Resistance Conference. University of Warwick, United Kingdom.

2015

“‘But I Ain’t Goin’ Never Forget It’: The Charged Folk Humor of Richard Pryor, 1973-1976,” Northeast Popular Culture Association Conference. Colby-Sawyer College. New London, NH.

2015

“Tracing Vulnerability in Richard Pryor’s Stand-Up Comedy,” American Studies Graduate Student Working Group. Brown University. Providence, RI.

2015

“Changing America Rhode Island: The Digital Exhibition,” American Library Association’s “Changing America” Traveling Exhibit Providence Unveiling. Center for the Study of Slavery and Justice, Providence, RI.

RESEARCH EXPERIENCE

2016

Archival Research Assistant for “Black Student Protest from Jim Crow to the Present” course, Professor Matthew Guterl, Department of American Studies, Brown University, Providence, RI.

2016

Research Assistant for the “How Structural Racism Works” Project, Professor Tricia Rose, Center for the Study of Race and Ethnicity in America, Brown University, Providence, RI.

2014

Archival Research Assistant for The New Leviathan: Sovereign America and the Foundations of Rule in the Atomic Age. Professor James Sparrow, Department of History, University of Chicago, Chicago, IL.

2012

Bibliographic Research Assistant. Professor Mara Marin, Division of the Social Sciences, University of Chicago, Chicago, IL.

TEACHING EXPERIENCE

Instructor

Spring 2017

Race and Nation in the U.S.: Belonging Longing and Resistance. Department of American Studies, Brown University, Providence, RI.

Teaching Assistant

Fall 2016

Introduction to Ethnic/American Studies, Professor Elizabeth Hoover. Department of American Studies, Brown University, Providence, RI.

Spring 2016

Introduction to American Studies: American Icons, Professor Matthew Guterl. Department of American Studies, Brown University, Providence, RI.

Fall 2015

Global China: Forces, Frictions, and Flows, Professor Elena Shih. Department of American Studies, Brown University, Providence, RI.

UNIVERSITY SERVICE

2018-present

Writing Advisor, Brown Writing Center. Brown University, Providence, RI.

2016-present

Writing Associate, Brown Writing Center. Brown University, Providence, RI.

2016-2018

Founder and Fellow, Brown Graduate Resources for Improving Professional Structures. Brown University Graduate School and Office of Campus Life, Providence, RI.

2016-2017

Graduate Student Representative, Department of American Studies. Brown University, Providence, RI.

2015-2017

Humanities Graduate Student Representative, Diversity Advisory Board. Brown University, Providence, RI.

2015-present

Graduate Student Mentor, ALANA Mentoring Program. Brown University, Providence, RI.

2015-present

Graduate Student Member, Women of Color in Academia. Brown University, Providence, RI.

2015-present

Graduate Student Member, Graduate Students of Color Collective. Brown University, Providence, RI.

2014-present

Graduate Student Member, American Studies Graduate Student Consortium. Brown University, Providence, RI.

PUBLIC SERVICE AND PROGRAMMING

2017

Event Co-Organizer, “Banned: Racialization of the Middle East and its Diasporas in U.S. Culture” with Evelyn Alsultany and Melani McAlister, Brown University, Providence, RI.

2017

Event Co-Organizer, “An Evening with Roxane Gay” Lecture, Brown University, Providence, RI.

2016

Event Co-Organizer, “Alt Ac and the Interdisciplinary” Roundtable Discussion. Department of American Studies, Brown University, Providence, RI.

2015

Graduate Chair, “Between Camps: Writing In and Beyond the Academy” Speaker Series. Department of American Studies, Brown University, Providence, RI.

2015

Co-Curator, “Changing America: Rhode Island” Digital Exhibition. Center for the Study of Slavery and Justice, Brown University, Providence, RI.

2015

Event Co-Organizer, American Library Association’s “Changing America” Exhibition. Center for the Study of Slavery and Justice, Brown University, Providence, RI.

ADDITIONAL TRAINING

Oral History

2016

Oral History Intensive with Studs Terkel Radio Archive and the Chicago Torture Justice Memorials Project, Oral History Summer School, Chicago, IL.

2016

Oral History Workshop, University of Massachusetts Amherst Public History Program and Oral History Lab. At the John Nicholas Brown Center for the Public Humanities and Cultural Heritage, Providence, RI.

Pedagogy

2017

Certificate II Program, “Syllabus Design.” Sheridan Center for Teaching and Learning. Brown University, Providence RI.

2016

Certificate I Program, “Reflective Teaching.” Sheridan Center for Teaching and Learning. Brown University, Providence, RI.

LANGUAGE PROFICIENCY

Persian – advanced (reading, writing, speaking)

Immersive Persian Language Program (high intermediate), Arabic Persian Turkish Language Immersion Institute, University of Wisconsin-Madison, 2015.

French – fluent (reading, writing, speaking)

Immersive French Language Program (intermediate), French Language School, Middlebury College, 2011.

PROFESSIONAL AFFILIATIONS

American Studies Association

American Historical Association

Association of Asian American Studies

Organization of American Historians

Society for Historians of American Foreign Relations