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Mehdi Faraji
University of Southern California
Post-Doctoral Fellow
3501 Trousdale Parkway, Taper Hall 256
Department of Middle East Studies
Los Angeles CA 90089
United States
Mehdi Faraji is a postdoctoral fellow at the University of Southern California in Los Angeles. He graduated from the Department of Middle Eastern and Islamic Studies at New York University. He has also earned a Ph.D. in Cultural Sociology from the University of Tehran. He is a board member of The Association for the Study of Persianate Societies. Mehdi is interested in civil religion, state and citizenship, the politics of everyday life, gender politics, cultural representation, and socio-cultural changes in modern Iran. He is currently working on a book manuscript titled The Making of Maktabi Citizens: Civil Religion, Citizenship, and the State in Iran. His works have appeared in Middle East Critique and British Journal of Middle Eastern Studies, as well as The Middle East Research and Information Project, MERIP, and several peer-reviewed Persian journals.
Sub Areas
Middle East/Near East Studies
Pop Culture
Cultural Studies
State Formation
19th-21st Centuries
Geographic Areas of Interest
All Middle East
Man And Masculinity Studies
Everyday Life
Citizenship And State Formation
Persian (native)
Turkish (native)
English (fluent)
Arabic (advanced)
PhD | 2023 | Middle Eastern and Islamic Studies | New York University
Protests in Qom: Long-Standing Grievances Against Contradictory Governmental Policies A Double Masculinity: The Art of Living Hegemonic and Mundane Masculinity in Post-Revolutionary Iran Good Boys of the Revolution: Creating the New Man in Post-Revolutionary Iran From “Civilized” to “Independent” Citizens: The Literacy Campaign and Citizenship in pre- and postrevolutionary Iran Making a Pious-Revolutionary Public: The Rise and Fall of the Friday Prayer in Postrevolutionary Iran