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Kiana Karimi

New Part-time Faculty
(212) 998-7318
1 Wash Pl, Room 517

Office Hours
Thursday 10:45-12

B.S. Electrical Engineering, Ferdowsi University, 2005
M.A. Performance Studies, New York University, 2016

Kiana Karimi is a PhD candidate in Performance Studies and a doctoral fellow at the Urban Democracy Lab at New York University. Her dissertation research focuses on the micropolitics of everyday life and the performance of gender in Iran. More broadly, her research interests include digital humanities, gender politics, the performance of everyday life, immigration and transnational identity, and the Iranian diaspora. Combining her background in engineering, web design and her experience as a women’s rights activist, she has developed the first-ever eyewitness reporting and networking platform for Farsi speakers ( as an alternative to commercial and insecure platforms such as Facebook. She has directed a digital publication for the Institute for War and Peace Reporting (IWPR), moderated and taught online workshops for women in small towns in Iran about tools and techniques for participation in the city council elections. As part of Barzan Gender in Translation Program, she has translated over 30 journal papers from English to Farsi in an accessible language for grassroots activists. As part of her fellowship at the Urban Democracy Lab, she is developing a digital archive to showcase the music and musicians of the Bronx for the Bronx Music Heritage Center.

Teaching and Research Interests

performance studies, performance of everyday life, gender politics, immigration and transnational identity, Iranian studies and Iranian diaspora, social movements

Kiana Karimi