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Kusha Sefat

Kusha Sefat is a Ph.D. candidate in sociology at the University of Cambridge, Queens’ College and works under the direction of Professor John B. Thompson.  Kusha’s research focuses on media’s substantive significance for protest and social movements.   He uses linkages between media-spaces and political competition in Iran as grounded examples through which media’s implications in the assemblage and disintegration of social movements are examined. Kusha’s peer-reviewed and journalistic articles are published by the International Journal of Baudrillard Studies, Al Jazeera, Hamshahri Diplomatic (in Farsi), and Parsine (in Farsi).  He is currently conducting ethnographic fieldwork in Tehran.

Selected Awards and Grants

  • Cambridge Overseas Trust, University of Cambridge (full studentship) 2011-2015
  • Board of Graduate Studies, University of Cambridge, fieldwork funding 2012-2013
  • Department of Sociology, University of Cambridge, travel grant 2012-2013
  • Queens’ College, University of Cambridge, travel grant 2011-2012
  • Foreign Language Bursary for reading nastaligh, School of the Humanities and Social Sciences, University of Cambridge 2011-2012
  • Markaz Motaleaate Farhangi, BBC Persian News Strategy, Tehran Municipality, Iran, research grant 2009-2010
  • Foreign Language and Area Studies Fellowship for Arabic, University of Pennsylvania 2007-2008
  • Penn Globalization Studies, University of Pennsylvania, research grant 2007-2008
  • Graduate Associate, Stouffer, University of Pennsylvania, boarding and accommodation 2007-2008

Media Experience 
Television

Prior to joining the sociology program at Cambridge, Kusha was a documentary and live television producer.  He has produced interviews and debates featuring Noam Chomsky, Zbigniew Brzezinski, Mahmood Ahmadinejad, Mehdi Karroubi, Jallal Talebani, Talal Asad, and Judith Butler. 

The following link provides sample interviews produced by Kusha: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lZBwlWeLZQg

Selected Journalistic Articles

  • Al Jazeera: Occupy Wall Street vs. American Military Might
  • Al Jazeera: The Green Movement’s Regret and OWS’ Red Ink Problem
  • Informed Comment: Iran vs. Egypt: Qualitative differences in Capabilities
  • Parsine: Negahi be estrategy Resanei BBC (in Farsi)
    http://www.parsine.com/fa/pages/?cid=32439

Research Interests

Contemporary social and political theory, sociology and anthropology of media, political sociology and anthropology, U.S. and Iranian foreign policies, Mid East politics, ethnographic methods.      

Filed under:

  • E-mail: ks596@cam.ac.uk
  • Address: Department of Sociology, Free School Lane, Cambridge CB2 3RQ
  • Supervisor: Professor John B. Thompson
  • College: Queens College
  • Thesis Title: Mediated Social Movements: Media Spaces and Power-Making in Iran