Department of Middle Eastern Studies
Department of Middle Eastern Studies

Claire Cooley



Middle Eastern Cinema, Film and Technology, Arabic and Persian language pedagogy, cultural studies, media archaeology, postcolonial literature


Claire Cooley's research interests center on overlapping Middle East and South Asian film histories, sound studies, postcolonial theory and literature, and Arabic and Persian language pedagogy. Claire draws her methodological inspirations from media archaeology, transnational studies, and cultural studies. 

In 2015, she completed her Master’s report in which she examines how Iranian and Egyptian filmmakers have re-considered the cinema and its attendent definitions and practices with the invention of the camera phone. In doing so, they have theorized a mode of address and practice of viewership to challenge links that scholars, drawing on citizen journalism and witnessing frameworks, have made between democracy and camera phone images. Continuing her transnational cinema work, her current research examines cinematic networks between Cairo, Tehran, and Bombay in the 1930s. 

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 2011 Egyptian Revolution, and was a Center for Arabic Study Abroad (CASA) Fellow from 2012-2013. 


PRS 601C • Intensive Persian I

41950 • Fall 2016
Meets MWF 12:00PM-1:00PM MEZ 1.206

Course Description PRS 601C or Intensive Persian I is an elementary-level course that is designed to help you start learning Persian and to give you the tools to keep going. This course first introduces the Persian alphabet. The emphasis is on speaking and using the language for communication. The four language skills (listening, speaking, reading, and writing) as well as pronunciation and vocabulary are incorporated into the course. Learning a language requires daily practice. For each hour the student spends in the classroom a minimum of two hours review is required outside the class. There is no prerequisite for this course. Not open to native speakers or Heritage learners of Persian.

By the end of this course you will:

1.  Have mastered the Persian alphabet and sound system, be able to recognize and pronounce correctly all Persian sounds, and write accurately from dictation;

2.  Be able to initiate social interactions, ask for basic information, and be aware of basic cultural aspects of social interaction in Persian;

3.  Be able to talk about yourself, your education, and your family with native speakers of Persian accustomed to interacting with learners;

4.  Comprehend simple print texts on familiar topics;

5.  Comprehend simple audio/video texts on familiar topics;

6.  Be able to compose simple paragraphs about yourself and your family and friends;

7.  Know about the difference between written and spoken Persian, recognize both registers, and be able to use basic expressions.


Persian of Iran Today


Attendance and Participation: 20%

Homework: 20%

Homework Corrections: 5%

Tests: 25%

Culture Portfolio: 5%

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