Department of Middle Eastern Studies
Department of Middle Eastern Studies

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Babak Tabarraee

PhD student, University of Texas at Austin

PhD Candidate
Babak Tabarraee



media reception, new cinema histories, Iranian film, cult cinema, global art cinema, comedy, teaching Persian as a second language


Having a broad academic background in theater (BA), literature (MA) and film (MA), Ph.D. candidate, Babak Tabarraee’s,  research revolves around media reception in Iran, global cinemas, and comedy in the Middle East. His writings have appeared in Iranian Studies, The Soundtrack, Cinephile, Journal of Islamic and Muslim Studies, and the Iranian Encyclopedia of the World of Islam. His publications in Farsi include three authored books of fiction, twenty-two book-format translations, and several essays, short stories, and screenplays. He is currently working on his dissertation on the Iranian cult cinema.

Recent Publications and Presentations: In 2018, Babak published two articles: One on Reza Attaran's popularity, stardom and the recent rise of absurd films in Iran (Iranian Studies 51:4), and another on the local and global reception of Asghar Farhadi's acclaimed film, The Salesman (Journal of Islamic and Muslim Studies 3:1). He also presented parts of his research on the Iranian cult cinema at the SCMS conference (March 2019), and on the international connections of Iranian cinema and literature at the MESA (November 2018) and Iranian Studies (August 2018) conferences.



PRS 329 • Iranian Cinema

41614 • Spring 2018
Meets TTH 3:30PM-5:00PM CBA 4.326

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