Golbarg Rekabtalaei

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Postdoctoral Teaching Scholar


Dr. Golbarg Rekabtalaei is a cultural and social historian of Modern Iran, with a broader focus on the history of the modern Middle East at large. She received her PhD in Near and Middle Eastern Civilizations from University of Toronto in 2015. Her research concentrates on the decoupling of cinematic (and cultural) temporality from political temporality in twentieth century Iran. She is interested in the relationships between cinematic image and space, modernity, cosmopolitanism, urbanisation, nationalism, and revolutions.  She is particularly interested in the role of cinema, in concrete form and onscreen, in facilitating cosmopolitan imaginations and hybrid subjectivities in early twentieth century Tehran. Dr. Rekabtalaei is currently a Postdoctoral Teaching Scholar in the Department of History at North Carolina State University, where she teaches “Modern Middle East.”


  • PhD in Modern Iran from University of Toronto, 2015
  • MA in Modern Middle East from University of Toronto, 2008