Mehdi Semati

Northern Illinois University
Associate Professor, Communication

Mehdi Semati is Associate Professor at Northern Illinois University. His research interests include Iranian society and culture, Iranian media and communication, international communication, and cultural politics of global media. Dr. Semati’s writings have appeared as book chapters and as articles in various scholarly journals. His books in English include "Media, Culture and Society in Iran: Living with Globalization and the Islamic State" (Routledge 2008), "New Frontiers in International Communication Theory" (Rowman & Littlefield, 2004), and "Studies in Terrorism: Media Scholarship and Enigma of Terror" (Southbound, 2003). His work in Persian includes "The Age of CNN and Hollywood: National Interest, Transnational Communication" (Nashr-e nay, Tehran, 2007). Professor Semati’s current research addresses Iranian popular culture and religion, and culture and technology in Iran.

Areas of Expertise

Iranian Media, Culture, Society, and Politics; Iranian Popular Culture; Middle East in the Popular Imagination / Popular Media; Hollywood and the Middle East; International Communication; Terrorism and Media; Islam in Media, Press, and Pop Culture

Countries Covered

Iran, the Middle East (in general)

Potential Lecture Topics

  • "Iranian Culture, Media, Society, and Politics"
  • "Islam in Popular Culture"
  • "Islam and the Middle East in Press"
  • "Islamophobia"
  • "Terrorism in Popular Culture, Press, and Media"