Noah Arjomand is Mark Helmke Postdoctoral Scholar in Global Media, Development, and Democracy at the Center for International Media Assistance and Indiana University’s School of Global and International Studies. He studied sociology (PhD) at Columbia University and, before that, public and international affairs (AB) at Princeton University.
Noah’s research focuses on cross-cultural communication and its mediators, particularly in the Turkish- and Persian-speaking world. His PhD dissertation, currently under revision into a book manuscript, is an ethnography on the roles and strategies of “fixers” who broker communication between foreign journalists and sources in Turkey, demonstrating how they shape the news and manage their ambivalent position between cultural and moral worlds.
Noah is also interested in media production, including documentary film and photography and the use of audiovisual and interactive media to communicate scholarly and policy-relevant ideas. He is currently creating a series of short animated films for the Center for International Media Assistance and IU Center for International Media Law and Policy Studies; in the past he has published mixed media visual/written essays on Afghanistan and Turkey and done multimedia work for music and theater companies Morningside Opera, Wet Ink Ensemble, and Siren Baroque. Noah’s first feature-length documentary, which deals with assistive communication technology and its role in the life of an ALS patient (his mother), is currently in post-production.
- AB, 2010, Public and International Affairs, Princeton University
- MA, 2013, Sociology, Columbia University
- MPhil, 2015, Sociology, Columbia University
Regions of Interest
- Sociology of media
- Transnational knowledge
- Forthcoming Spring 2022. Fixing Stories: Local Newsmaking and International Media in Turkey and Syria. Cambridge University Press.
- 2018. “Brokering Local-International Knowledge: An Interview with Dr. Noah Arjomand.” Center for International Media Assistance.
- 2017. "Every Turk is Born a Soldier,” Public Culture, 29(3), 418-432.
- 2016. “Afghan Exodus: Smuggling Networks, Migration and Settlement Patterns in Turkey,” Afghanistan Analysts Network.
- 2016. “Inside Turkey's Media Crackdown,” Dissent.
- 2015. “The Folly of Double Government: Lessons from the First Anglo-Afghan War,” Afghanistan Analysts Network.
- 2014. “The Struggle for Kabul’s Libraries,” Public Culture, 26(3), 378-392.
- 2013. “Eagle’s Summit Revisited: Decision-Making in the Kajaki Dam Refurbishment Project,” Afghanistan Analysts Network .