Zohreh Soltani is a Ph.D. candidate in the Department of Art History at the State University of New York, Binghamton. Originally trained as an architect, she completed her M.A. in Architecture at Middle East Technical University in Ankara, Turkey in 2011. Her research interests include modern architecture of the Islamic world, public space and power relations, and socio-political transformation of space in post-conflict societies. She is specifically committed to studying the modern and contemporary Middle East through buildings and cities as critical lenses, using a careful, critically informed, and layered approach to understanding historical change, the accretion of memory, and the impact of trauma and war on modern Middle Eastern landscapes.