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Hamid Naficy Named John Evans Professor of Communication

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November 21, 2006 | by Wendy Leopold

EVANSTON, Ill. --- Hamid Naficy, professor of radio/television/film in the Northwestern University School of Communication, has been named the John Evans Professor of Communication. Naficy is author of a ground-breaking and influential history of Middle Eastern films and filmmakers titled “An Accented Cinema: Exilic and Diasporic Filmmaking.” That book was selected by Choice magazine as one of the outstanding books published in 2001.

Naficy taught at the Free University of Iran, University of Southern California, University of California at Santa Barbara, University of California at Los Angeles and Rice University before joining Northwestern's faculty this year. He is the producer of numerous educational films and experimental videos, and has published extensively about theories of exile and displacement and on Iranian and Third World cinema.

Navicy, who speaks at conferences and universities around the world, also is author of “The Making of Exile Cultures: Iranian Television in Los Angeles, “Iran Media Index” and of anthologies titled “Home, Exile Homeland: Film, Media and the Politics of Place and Otherness” and “The Media: The Ethnography of the Imagined and the Imaged.”

His research focuses on comparative media theory, film and television history, Middle Eastern studies and diaspora studies. Navicy is the recipient of numerous awards and grants from federal agencies, foundations, corporations and professional societies, including the American Council of Learned Societies, National Endowment for Humanities and the Social Science Research Council.