Sareh Z. Afshar

Ph.D. Candidate

Sareh Afshar

Sareh is a doctoral candidate in the Department of Performance Studies at NYU. Her dissertation traces the shifting definitions of, and ownership over, the “martyr” in postrevolutionary Iran through a study of performances of death (PoD)—i.e., performances which materialize around death and its commemoration, or lack thereof. Examining photographs, films, cartoons, and urban rituals, she argues for the PoD’s potential in dispelling the deep-rooted sense of fatalism in the Iranian imaginary, consequently making possible the conjuring of alternative collective destinies. Author of “Are We Neda? The Iranian Women, the Election, and International Media,” she has served as assistant and managing editor to e-misféricaTDR: The Drama Review, and Ravagh: A Journal of Arts & Culture (in Farsi). She has lost two cities—lovely ones, Montréal and Tehran—but deems New York a most worthy compromise. Currently, she is an adjunct instructor and writing consultant at NYU Polytechnic School of Engineering. 


New York University

PhD Candidate - Performance Studies

New York, New York


New York University

Master of Arts - Performance Studies

New York, New York


Purdue University

Master of Arts - Communication and Creative Arts 

West Lafayette, Indiana


University of Tehran

Bachelor of Science - Chemical Engineering

Amir Abad, Tehran, Iran