School of Communication

Hamid Naficy

Department of Radio/Television/Film

Hamid Naficy

Professor, Sheikh Hamad Bin Khalifa Al-Thani Professor in Communication
1920 Campus Drive, Room 216
Evanston, IL 60208

Hamid Naficy, a leading authority on cinema and television in the Middle East, has produced many educational films and experimental videos and has published extensively about theories of exile and displacement, exilic and diaspora cinema and media, and Iranian and Third World cinemas. His many publications include such well-known titles as An Accented Cinema, The Making of Exile Cultures, Otherness and the Media: The Ethnography of the Imagined and the Imaged, Iran Media Index, and the AFI anthology, Home, Exile, Homeland. Most recently, he has published A Social History of Iranian Cinema , in four volumes available from Duke University Press.


PhD Critical Studies of Film and Television, UCLA
MFA Film and Television Production, UCLA
BA Telecommunications, University of Southern California


“Embodied Protest,” in Mitra Tabrizian: Another Country. Ostfildern, Germany: Hatje Cantz Verlag. 2012. Pp. 16-20.

“Accented Filmmaking and Risk taking in the Age of Postcolonial Militancy, Terrorism,globalization, Wars, Oppression, and Occupation,” in Film and Risk. Edited by Mette Hjort. Detroit: Wayne State University Press, 2012. Pp. 143-164.

“Teaching Accented Films As a Global Cinema,” in Teaching Film. Edited by Lucy Fischer and Patrice Petro. New York: Modern Language Association Publication, 2012. Pp. 112-118.

“Neorealism Iranian Style,” in Global Neorealism: The Transnational History of a Film Style. Edited by Saverio Giovacchini and Robert Sklar. University Press of Mississippi. 2012. Pp. 226-239.

“Situando o Cinema com Sotaque,” in Cinema, Globalização e Interculturalidade.  Edited by Andreá França and Denilson Lopes. Brazil: EditoraArgos. 2010. Pp. 137-161.

“From Accented Cinema to Multiplex Cinema,” in Convergence Media History.  Edited by Janet Staiger and Sabine Hake. New York:  Routledge, 2009. Pp. 3-13.

“Faster than a Speeding Bullet, More Powerful than a LocomotiveMutualInstrumentalization of Culture, Cinema, and Media by Iran and the U.S.,” in Media, Power, and Politics in the Digital Age: The 2009 Presidential Election Uprising in Iran.  Edited by Yahya R. Kamalipour. New York: Rowman & Littlefield Publishers. 2010. Pp. 205-220.

“Iranian Émigré Cinema as a Component of Iranian National Cinema,” in Media, Culture and Society in Iran: Living with Globalization and the Islamic State. Edited by Mehdi Semati.  London & New York: Routledge, 2008. Pp. 167-192.

“Ethnographyand African Culture: Jean Rouch on LaChasse au Lion à l’Arc and Les Maîtres Fous,” in Building Bridges: The Cinema of Jean Rouch. Edited by Joram ten Brink.  London. Wallflower Press. 2007. Pp. 97-108.

“On the Global Inter-, Multi-, and Trans- —Foreword,” in Projecting Migration: Transcultural Documentary Practice. Edited by Alan Grossman and Aine O’Brien. London: Wallflower.  2007. Pp.  xiii-xv.

“Theorizing ‘Third World’ Film Spectatorship: the Case of Iran and Iranian Cinema,” in Genre, Gender, Race, and Global Cinema. Edited by Julie Codell. London: Blackwell Publishing. 2007. Pp. 369-387.  Reprinted from Rethinking Third Cinema.

“Palestinian Exilic Cinema and Film Letters,” in Dreams of a Nation: On Palestinian Cinema. Edited by Hamid Dabashi. New York: Verso. 2006. Pp 90-104.

“Situating Accented Cinema,” in Transnational Cinema, the Film Reader. Edited Elizabeth Ezra and Terry Rowden. London and New York: Routledge. 2006, Pp. 111-129.

“Theorizing ‘Third World’ Film Spectatorship: the Case of Iran and Iranian Cinema,” in Genre, Gender, Race, and Global Cinema. Edited by Julie Codell.London: Blackwell Publishing. Forthcoming 2006.

“Lured by the East: Ethnographic and Expedition Films about Nomadic Tribes—the Case of Grass (1924),” in Virtual Voyages: Cinema and Travel. Edited by Jeffrey Ruoff. Duke University Press. 2006. Pp. 117-138.

“Mitra Tabrizian with Andy Goldberg and Zadoc Nava: Border,” Portfolio no. 44, (December 2006), Pp. 26-35.

“Making Films with an Accent: Iranian Émigré Cinema,” Cineaste vol. 31, no. 3 (Summer 2006), Pp. 42-44.

Recent Awards and Honors

Faculty Affiliate, Alice Kaplan Institute for the Humanities, Northwestern University, 2012-2013.

Faculty Associate, Equality Development and Globalization Studies, Northwestern University, 2012-2013.

Sheikh Hamad bin Khalifa Al Thani Professor in Communication, Northwestern University, 2009-present.

Inaugural Virginia Film Festival Fellow, University of Virginia, Charlottesville, Fall 2008. Contributed to curating the festival films, taught a week-long one-credit master class at University of Virginia, interviewed several international directors on stage and moderated the post-film Q & A sessions with them

John Evans Professor of Communication, Northwestern University, 2006-9


  • RTVF 403-0 Media Cultural Theory – Ethnographic Documentary
  • RTVF 426-0 Global Media – Exile/Diaspora/Transnational Cinema
  • RTVF 584 Research Seminar – Iranian Art Cinema
  • RTVF 351-0 National Cinema – Middle East and North African Cinema
  • RTVF 398-0 Issues in RTVF: Post-Colonial Cinema
  • RTVF 321-0 Radio/TV/Film Authorship – Kubrick/Scorsese