Nushin Arbabzadah


Contact Information

Email    narbabzadah@ucla.edu
Office  2320 Rolfe Hall
Phone  310-825-4811
I am a media and cultural analyst with special interests in global and new media, intercultural representation and conflict.

I have graduate degrees from Hamburg University in Germany and Cambridge University in England, where I was one of the first William H. Gates Scholars. Before completing high school in Germany, I grew up during the Soviet war in Afghanistan, which gave me a lifelong concern for understanding conflict.  

Through being educated in three countries and four languages, I developed my interests in intercultural communication. After graduating from Cambridge, I worked for the British Council, overseeing international media projects involving journalists, TV presenters and writers from across the Middle East and Asia. I later joined the BBC, where I worked for several years analyzing the Afghan, Iranian and European media. I am a trained linguist and have translated professionally from Persian, German and Spanish and also understand Pashto, French and some other languages.   

My book, Afghan Rumor Bazaar: Secret Sub-cultures, Hidden Worlds and the Everyday Life of the Absurd is a study of new media and youth cultures of contemporary Afghanistan. Professor Brian Glyn Williams (University of Massachusetts, Dartmouth) described it as “invaluable and groundbreaking” in a review in Central Asian Survey. I have also translated the autobiography of the Iranian journalist Houshang Asadi and edited several books on the representation of minorities; literature and transnationalism; and Middle Eastern youth journalism.  I am a regular writer for The GuardianHuffington Post and have recently begun writing for Al-Jazeera America. I am currently writing a book on women’s education between Asia and the West. 


 M.Phil, Oriental Studies, Pembroke College

M.A., German and Spanish Literature and Linguistics, University of Hamburg


Nushin Arbabzadah, Afghan Rumor Bazaar: Secret Sub-cultures, Hidden Worlds and the Everyday Life of the Absurd (London: Hurst, 2013). 

Nile Green & Nushin Arbabzadah (eds.), Afghanistan in Ink: Literature Between Diaspora and Nation (New York: Columbia University Press, 2013).

Nushin Arbabzadah (ed. and trans.), Letters to my Torturer: Love, Revolution and Imprisonment in Iran (London: Oneworld, 2012).

Nushin Arbabzadah (ed. and trans.), Kamran Mirhazar’s The Cry of a Mare about to Become a Butterfly and Other Poems (Netherlands: Poetry International, 2010).

Nushin Arbabzadah (ed.), Sadegh Hedayat: Three Drops of Blood (Oxford: Oneworld Modern Classics, 2008).

Nushin Arbabzadah (ed.), From Outside In: Refugees and British Society (London: Arcadia Books, 2007).

Nushin Arbabzadah (ed.), No Ordinary Life: Being Young in the Worlds of Islam (London: The British Council, 2007).