Sara Mameni received her PhD in Art History from UC San Diego in 2015 and was a University of California President’s Postdoctoral Fellow in Feminist Studies at UC Santa Cruz in 2016/2017. She teaches in the MA Program in Aesthetics and Politics in the School of Critical Studies at CalArts. Her specialization is contemporary art in the middle-east and the diaspora with a focus on gender and sexual practices in Iranian art and cinema. She has published articles in Al-Raida Journal, Women & Performance, Fuse Magazine, Fillip Review, Canadian Art and written for exhibition catalogues in Dubai, Sharjah and Istanbul. She curated the exhibition “Snail Fever” at the Third Line Gallery in Dubai. She is currently working on her book project titled, On Persian Blues: Queer Bodies, Racial Affects.