I am a filmmaker currently enrolled in the MFA Writing for the Performing Arts program at the University of California's Riverside campus, where I am a chancellor's distinguished fellow in screenwriting. I am developing several creative projects that link my creative interests and expertise as a sociologist and researcher on the Middle East.


I co-directed and co-produced the feature-length documentary Eat Your Catfish about my mother's life with ALS. The film premiered at the International Documentary Fiilmfestival Amsterdam in November 2021 and has since screened at major international festivals including Sheffield Docfest, Full Frame, DocPoint Helsinki, and Santa Barbara; it won Best Documentary at Istanbul Film Festival in 2022. Eat Your Catfish received support from Catapult Film Fund, Field of Vision, Cinereach, Sheffield DocFest MeetMarket, and Meetings on the Bridge.

Parallel to my film work, I write about culture, media, and politics in the Turkish- and Persian-speaking world. Cambridge University Press published my first book, Fixing Stories: Local Newsmaking and International Media in Turkey and Syria, in 2022. Fixing Stories is an ethnography of the roles and strategies of “fixers” who broker communication between foreign journalists and sources. I show how fixers shape the news and manage their ambivalent position between cultural and political worlds.

I studied sociology (PhD) at Columbia University and, before that, public and international affairs (AB) at Princeton University. The National Science Foundation and Institute for Turkish Studies have supported my research. From 2018-2022, I was a postdoctoral fellow at Indiana University.

I am interested in using audiovisual and interactive media to communicate ideas about society. I have published mixed media visual/written essays on Turkey, Iran, and Afghanistan and done multimedia work for music and theater companies Morningside Opera, Wet Ink Ensemble, and Siren Baroque.

Twitter: @narjoman