Najmeh Moradiyan-Rizi is a PhD candidate in the Department of Film and Media Studies at KU. She received her BFA and MA in cinema from Tehran University of Art in Iran. After coming to the United States, she received an MA in Film and Media Study from the State University of New York (SUNY) at Buffalo. Moradiyan-Rizi’s research interests and publications fall at the intersection of film studies; Iranian and Middle Eastern studies; and women’s, gender, and sexuality studies. Her dissertation employs documentary film theories and transnational feminist knowledge to study Iranian women’s documentary film practices. As an IARI graduate research fellow, Moradiyan-Rizi will assist with the exhibition knowledges, as well as the a2ru national conference hosted at KU that will also focus on the theme of knowledge production.