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Kamran Scot Aghaie, Chair CAL 528 | 204 W 21st St F9400 | Austin, TX 78712-1029 • 512-471-3881

Laura Fish

BA in Near Eastern Studies, Cornell University ------ MA in Middle Eastern Studies, University of Texas at Austin

Laura Fish



Laura is a doctoral student in Middle Eastern Languages and Cultures at the University of Texas at Austin. Relying upon both her Persian and Arabic language knowledge, she focuses her studies on Iranian cinema, while also addressing Egyptian and Palestinian film. Her interests lie in determining the distinctive poetics of Iranian mid-century noir and the themes of criminality and truth presented within these and more contemporary films. 

In 2011, Laura graduated with a Bachelors of Arts degree in Near Eastern Studies and a minor in International Relations from Cornell University. More recently, in 2013, Laura completed her Master's degree in Middle Eastern Studies at UT. Her thesis work focused on Iranian visual culture and investigated the death images of Iranian women during the Iran-Iraq War and the 2009 presidential election demonstrations as a metric for the changing rhetoric of martyrdom in post-revolutionary Iran. While at UT, Laura has worked as a teaching assistant for Beginning Persian and various content courses, such as Introduction to Islam.

Additionally, Laura has been active at conferences within her field. At the 2012 Annual MESA Conference, she presented the paper "Publicized Violence: Photographed Realities of Palestine," and, at the 2013 Annual MESA Conference, she presented "Pleasantries for Power: Interviewer and Interviewee Mujamala Practice on Bila Houdoud." For the 2014 Biannual International Society for Iranian Studies Conference, she presented "Accidental Martyrdom and the Ambiguous Death Image of the Role of Iranian Women." Also in 2014, Laura presented at the Annual E3W Sequels Symposium at UT with "Un-Obstructing Love: Palestinian Film and the Visualization of Experience," and at the Visual World of Persianate Culture at Edinburgh University with "Re-Envisioning Ta'ziyeh: Claiming the Martyr Since the Iranian Green Movement."

Outside of academics, Laura enjoys exploring Austin and making new food finds throughout the city.


Iranian Cinema; Film Noir; Persian language teaching
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