Blake Atwood

​​​​​​Blake Atwood is a media historian, whose research and teaching focus on the intersection of technology, culture, and politics in the Middle East. Increasingly drawn to media as material objects, he is currently working on two book manuscripts. The first is a history of videocassettes in Iran, and the second is tentatively titled Ditches, Dumps, and Dishes: Media, Infrastructure, and the Environment in Lebanon. Atwood is also the author of Reform Cinema in Iran: Film and Political Change in the Islamic Republic (Columbia University Press, 2016). Before coming to AUB, he taught at the University of Texas at Austin and the University of Pennsylvania.


Media History
Technology and Culture
Media Infrastructure 


MCOM 203: Arab Media & Society​
MCOM 204: From Telegraph to Twitter​
MCOM 227: Media and the Environment​
MCOM 302: Seminar in Arab Media & Society​


"A City by the Sea: Uncovering Beirut's Media Waste," Communication, Culture, and Critique 12, no. 1 (March 2019): ​​53-71. 

“The Little Devil Comes Home: Video, the State, and Amateur Cinema in Iran," Film History 30, no. 1 (Spring 2018): 138-167.​

Reform Cinema in Iran: Film and Political Change in the Islamic Republic. Columbia University Press, 2016.​

“Home Video and the Death of Cinema: Notes from the Lebanese Civil War, 1975-1990," Post Script: Essays in Film and the Humanities 35, no. 3 (Summer 2016): 78-95.

“When the Sun Goes Down: Sex, Desire, and Cinema in 1970s Tehran," Asian Cinema 27, no. 2 (October 2016): 127-150.​​

“Tehran's Textual Topography: Mapping Youth Culture in Contemporary Persian Literature," ALIF: Journal of Comparative Poetics 35 (May 2015): 123-151​

​​​Iranian Cinema in a Global Context: Politics, Policy, and Form, co-edited with Peter Decherney. New York: Routledge, 2014.​

“Sense and Censorship in the Islamic Republic of Iran," World Literature Today 86, no. 3 (May 2012): 38-41. ​​


PhD University of Texas at Austin
MA University of Texas at Austin
BA University of Virginia​