Dr. Assal Rad graduated with a PhD in Middle Eastern History from the University of California, Irvine in 2018. Her PhD research focused on Modern Iran, with an emphasis on national identity formation and identity in post-revolutionary Iran. Assal joined the National Iranian American Council as a Research Fellow in January 2019. She has written for publications including Newsweek, The Hill, and The National Interest, and appeared as a contributor on BBC World, Al Jazeera, and NPR.
Articles by this author
Tuesday, February 11, 2020
Iranian-Americans in the Age of Trump, the Travel Ban, and the Threat of War
I was born and raised in the United States to Iranian parents and, like many children of immigrants, grew up with a sense of alienation from my fellow Americans. Though raised in the most populace location of the Iranian diaspora in Southern California, my hyphenated identity seemed to be in...
Thursday, January 09, 2020
There Are No Winners in a War With Iran
As we find ourselves on the brink of another unnecessary war in the Middle East, I am reminded of the night the United States invaded Iraq in 2003. At the time I was taking an international studies course titled, “Islam and the West.” Beyond teaching about the historical context that informed our...