Director of Film Studies
Core Faculty, Film Studies
Affiliated Faculty, Muslim Studies
Office: C709 Wells Hall
Ph.D., University of Chicago, 2005
M.A., University of Chicago, 1999
B.A., New College of Florida, 1998
Kaveh Askari’s research and teaching focus on cinema and media history in a global context. Special areas of interest include art cinema, media circulation, film and the other arts, and cinemas of the Middle East. He is the author of Making Movies into Art (BFI, 2014) and co-editor of Performing New Media, 1890-1915 (John Libbey, 2014). He has also co-edited special issues of Film History (South by South/West Asia: Transregional Histories of Middle East—South Asia Cinemas), the Journal of Religion and Popular Culture (Locating Muslim Cinemas), and Early Popular Visual Culture (Early Cinemas of the Middle East and North Africa). His new book is Relaying Cinema in Midcentury Iran: Material Cultures in Transit (University of California Press, 2022).
Professor Askari has served on the executive committee for Domitor, the International Society of Early Cinema Studies, on the jury for the Aljazeera International Documentary Film Festival, as co-chair of the host committee for the Seattle Society for Cinema and Media Studies conference, and as co-chair of the SCMS Middle East Caucus. He has collaborated on several film programs with institutions including the Pacific Film Archive, Il Cinema Ritrovato, and the Doha Film Institute.
History of Film after Midcentury
Classical Film and Media Theory
Cinemas of the Middle East and North Africa