Naveed Mansoori is a political theorist interested in media, religion, and crisis with a focus on the intellectual history of modern Iran. He is currently a Postdoctoral Research Associate in the Sharmin and Bijan Mossavar-Rahmani Center for Iran and Persian Gulf Studies at Princeton University. His current book project, After Prophecy: Propaganda and the Politics of Truth in Contemporary Iran, examines how literary, aural, cinematic, televisual, and digital media ecologies have emerged as informal pedagogical spaces and as sites of subject-formation. The book demonstrates that in moments of crisis when the circumstances requisite for social and political unity had disintegrated, propaganda restored faith in the world and enacted it anew.
Mansoori is a co-editor of the online Middle East magazine Jadaliyya’s Iran page and Abolition: A Journal of Insurgent Politics. His writing has appeared in Theory & Event, Comparative Islamic Studies, Society & Space, Jadaliyya, and The Guardian. He has forthcoming pieces in Philosophy & Global Affairs, ReOrient: A Journal of Critical Muslim Studies, L’esprit and Liberation: An Ali Shari’ati Reader, Global Political Theory, and a volume on pre-histories of 9/11. From 2017-2019, he held the Elahé Omidyar Mir Djalali Fellowship for Excellence in Persian Studies. Before Princeton University, Mansoori was an ACLS Emerging Voices Fellow in the Religion, Race, and Democracy Lab at the University of Virginia.