Dr Zahra Khosroshahi

  • Lecturer in Film and Television Studies (Theatre, Film & Television Studies)

email: Zahra.Khosroshahi@glasgow.ac.uk
pronouns: She/her/hers

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Research interests

My research explores the representation of women and gender politics in contemporary Iranian cinema. I am interested in how the visual medium challenges systems of power, and how filmmaking specifically functions as a form of resistance in Iran. My work also considers the role and influence of Iranian cinema on the global stage. Beyond Iranian cinema, I am interested in diasporic and Middle Eastern cinema, women’s filmmaking, and representation of Muslims in film and media.

I am also dedicated to disseminating my research outside of academia. I have been a regular contributor to publications such as Muslim Girl and have written on the representation of Muslims in film and TV for The Conversation, UK.

In addition, I have worked with local cinemas in the UK to encourage a more diverse program. So far, my research and passion for cinema has taken her to Iran, Turkey, Japan, and the UK, where I have worked with young artists, filmmakers, and universities to encourage more diversity in films and film screenings.


I welcome PhD applications in the following areas:

  • Iranian Cinema
  • Middle Eastern Cinema
  • Women’s Filmmaking
  • Diasporic Cinema
  • Gender + Representation in Film and Media
  • CUI, Yuekun
    Women Representation Directed by Female Directors: Sexuality, Independence and Marginal Women in the 21st Century Chinese Women's Cinema


  • History, Aesthetics, Genre (Level 2)
  • Iranian Cinema (Honours)

Additional information

Forthcoming publications

  • Iranian Women Filmmakers: A Cinema of Resistance (monograph 2023), University of Edinburgh Press
  • Co-editor of Special Issue: “Gender and Transnational Cinema in the Middle East and North Africa” in Transnational Screens


External Responsibilities

  • Member of the International Editorial Board of Iranian Cinema
  • Co-Founder of Thousand&One: a social enterprise supporting Women of Colour to thrive in their professional lives