Golbarg Rekabtalaei is a historian of modern Iran, and the Middle East at large. Her research focuses on the formation of a cosmopolitan modernity in twentieth century Iran through cultural exchanges and cinematic relations between Iran and the world. She is interested in the relationship between cinema and modernity, cosmopolitanism, urbanisation, nationalism, and revolutions. She pays particular attention to the role of cinema, in concrete form and onscreen, in facilitating urban cosmopolitan imaginations and hybrid subjectivities. Rekabtalaei's book, Iranian Cosmopolitanism: A Cinematic History, was published in Cambridge University Press's Global Middle East book series in 2019.
Rekabtalaei teaches undergraduate courses on the history of the Middle East and North Africa, as well as World History. She is also the Co-Director of the Middle Eastern and North African 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)