Hamid Naficy Book Award

The Hamid Naficy Book Award is granted biennially by the Association for Iranian Studies on behalf of the Center for Iranian Diaspora Studies at San Francisco State University. Established in 2021, this award acknowledges and supports scholarship in the emerging field of Iranian diaspora studies, and honors the pioneering work of Dr. Hamid Naficy whose critical work on Iranian media and exiles and diaspora subjects in Los Angeles has laid the foundation for new research on the global Iranian diaspora. Dr.Naficy's scholarship in media and film, both in Iran and in the diaspora, have been hugely important to a generation of scholars. AIS is now calling for nominations for books published between 2019-2021. The first Hamid Naficy Book Award will be presented at the thirteenth AIS Biennial Conference, August 2022 in Salamanca, Spain to an author of a recent book whose work helps expand and define the field of global Iranian diaspora studies. Deadline: February 15, 2022


2022 Award Committee

  • Persis Karim (Chair)



2022 Winner

  • Awardee: Farzaneh Hemmasi, Tehrangeles Dreaming: Intimacy and Imagination in Southern California's Iranian Pop Music
  • Honorable Mention: Afshin Marashi, Exile and the Nation: The Parsi Community of India and the Making of the Modern Iranian Nation
  • Honorable mention: Laetitia Nanquette, Iranian Literature After the Islamic Revolution: Production and Circulation in Iran and the World