American Univesity of Beirut

Blake Atwood

​​​​​​​Blake Atwood is an Associate Professor of Media Studies and the Chair of the Department of Sociology, Anthropology, and Media Studies at the American University of Beirut. His research and teaching focus on the intersection of technology, culture, and politics in the Middle East. He has recently begun a research project on media labor in Lebanon, which examines the informal networks and strategies that media workers have forged in order to navigate the country's creative sec​tor. He is the author of Underground: The Secret Life of Videocassettes in Iran (The MIT Press, forthcoming) and 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.

​RESEARCH INTERESTS

Informal Media 
Creative Labor 
Media History 

COURSES TAUGHT​

MCOM 204: From Telegraph to Twitter​
MCOM 227: Media and the Environment​
MCOM 234: Labor, Media, and Gender 
MCOM 302: Seminar in Arab Media & Society​

RECENT PUBLICATIONS​

Underground: The Secret Life of Videocassettes in Iran. The MIT Press, forthcoming.​

"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​. Routledge, 2014.​

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

​EDUCATION

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

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