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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 during the Iran-Iraq War. While at UT, Laura has worked as a teaching assistant for Beginning Persian and various content courses, such as Introduction to Islam.

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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