Golbarg Rekabtalaei is a cultural and social historian of modern Iran and modern Middle East at large. Her research focuses on the relationships between culture and cultural production, modernity, cosmopolitanism, urbanisation, nationalism, and revolutions. More specifically, she is interested in the role of cinema, in concrete form and onscreen, in facilitating cosmopolitan imaginations and hybrid subjectivities in early twentieth century Iran. Her book, Iranian Cosmopolitanism: A Cinematic History, was published in Cambridge University Press's Global Middle East book series in 2019.
Rekabtalaei was a Postdoctoral Teaching Fellow at North Carolina State University from 2015 to 2017. At Seton Hall, she teaches undergraduate and graduate courses on the history of the Middle East, as well as World History I and II. Rekabtalaei is also the Co-Director of the Middle Eastern Studies Program at Seton Hall University.
- Ph.D., University of Toronto
- M.A., University of Toronto
- Iranian Cosmopolitanism: A Cinematic History. Cambridge University Press, 2019.
- "Cinema of Urban Crisis: Dystopic Tehran in 'Film-Farsi' Popular Cinema." The Middle East in London 15, no. 2 (February-March 2019).
- "Cinematic Governmentality: Cinema and Education in Modern Iran, 1900-1930." International Journal of Middle East Studies 50, no. 2 (May 2018): 247-269.
- "Alternative Visions of Iranian Culture: A Celebration of Hamid Naficy's Work," Iran Namag: A Bilingual Quarterly of Iranian Studies 3, no. 3 (Fall 2018): iv-ix.
- "Cinematic Revolution: Cosmopolitan Alter-cinema of Pre-revolutionary Iran." Iranian Studies 48, no. 4 (May 2014 online, June 2015 print): 567-589.
- The Arts and Sciences Dissertation Completion Award, University of Toronto (2013-2014)
- Dr. Mercer Scholarship, Near Eastern and Islamic Studies, University of Toronto (2013-2014)
- Roshan Ph.D. Dissertation Fellowship, Roshan Cultural Heritage Institute (2012-2013)