Department of Middle Eastern Studies
Department of Middle Eastern Studies

Claire Cooley



Middle Eastern Cinema, Film and Technology, Arabic and Persian language pedagogy


Claire Cooley is a third year PhD student in the Department of Middle Eastern Studies who studies transnational cinema movements, Arabic, and Persian. Last year, she completed her Master’s report in which she compares how Egyptian and Iranian filmmakers challenge or accept the democratic authority with which the mobile camera phone image has been iimbued through discussions about citizen journalist in their documentary and narrative films about the Iranian Green Movement and Egyptian Revolution. Claire' current research examines connections and transnational flows between the Cairo, Tehran, and Bollywood film industries. In her dissertation project, she is focusing on the transition from silent to sound cinema and the first talkie films in Iran, India, and Egypt.

Claire received her BA from Tufts University in 2010 with a double-major in History and Middle Eastern Studies, and a minor in Arabic. From 2010-2013 she lived in Cairo, Egypt where she pursued a project translating, mapping, and archiving graffiti during the January 25 Revolution, and was a CASA Fellow from 2012-2013. 

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