Ph.D. in Information Studies

Drexel University, Philadelphia, PA, 2014

Dissertation: “Archaeology of Archaeology: A study of the creation of archaeological knowledge in practice

M.Sc. in Architecture

University of Tehran, Tehran, Iran, 1997-2006

GPA: 17.10/20 (Equivalent to A in US grading system)

Thesis: “Understanding and Acting: in Search for a pattern for designing in historical areas of the cities

Awarded with honor (19.25/20)

Diploma in Mathematics and Physics

National Organization for Development of Exceptional Talents, Kerman, Iran, 1990-1997

GPA: 18.47/20 (Iran)

Top student in Kerman Province, Iran


Summary of Qualifications

Areas of Expertise / Research Interests

  • Sociotechnical study of knowledge production and scholarly communication
  • Sociotechnical study of social media use
  • Information organization and knowledge representation
  • Metadata, ontologies, semantic web, and linked data


  • Quantitative Methods: Multivariate statistical analysis, Structural Equation Modeling, Social Network Analysis, Data mining
  • Qualitative Methods: Ethnography, participant observation, semi-structured interviews, content and discourse analysis
  • Ontology design, and metadata application profile design
  • Architectural design


Honors & Awards

  • STGlobal Consortium travel grant (2014)
  • The Association for Information Science and Technology (ASIS&T) New Leaders Award (2013)
  • Selected participant with full funding to attend the National Science Foundation sponsored Digital Societies and Social Technologies Summer Institute (2013)
  • Honorable mention poster award, iConference (2013)
  • Teaching Excellence Certificate, Drexel University (2013)
  • Selected participant with full funding to attend the National Science Foundation sponsored Consortium for the Science of Socio-Technical Systems (2011)
  • Dean’s Award for Best Research Poster, Drexel University Research Day (2011)
  • Fellow of the Historians of Islamic Art Association (2010)
  • Invited associated researcher with full funding by Centre National de la Recherche Scientifique (CNRS), France (2008)
  • Ranked 12th in the National Iran University Entrance Exam, Mathematics and Physics group (1997)
  • Ranked 8th in the National Iran University Entrance Exam, Arts group (1997)
  • Ranked 1stin the High School Written Diploma Exam in Kerman Province (1997)
  • Short-listed for the Iran National Physics Olympiad (1996)
  • Winner of the Khandan-e Al-e Ghalam (the Family of Pen) Award from NODET Literary Society (1996)
  • Winner of the Hafezshenasi (Hafez Studies) Award from Literary Competitions of NODET (1996)


Research Experience

Postdoctoral Research Fellow

Annenberg School for Communication, University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, PA 2014-present

  • Cartography of Iran’s online publics (Big Social Data project)
  • Research on media use data in Iran

Research Assistant

Drexel University, Philadelphia, PA                                                       2009-2014

  • DataNet Federation Consortium
  • Revising the metadata application profile for ipl2 (Internet Public Library)
  • Metadata best practices for cultural heritage
  • Developing a registry of metadata best practices
  • Comparative study of metadata application profiles


Teaching Experience


Drexel University, Philadelphia, PA                                                         2010-present

  • Qualitative research tools and techniques and CAQDA in qualitative research methods doctoral seminar
  • Assistance in designing and delivering the doctoral seminar in Social Informatics
  • Nursing Informatics
  • Coordinating and preparing course material for Nursing Informatics labs
  • Feasibility study and development of an educational Electronic Medical Record


Previous Research and Work Experience

Director of Information Communication Technology (ICT) Department

Encyclopedia of Iranian Architectural History, Tehran, Iran               2006-2009

  • Design and implementation of IT infrastructure for digital Encyclopedia of Iranian Architectural History
  • Design of digital asset management standards for architectural repositories in Iran
  • Ontology design for Iranian architectural history
  • Development of Aratta, a collaborative web-based research tool
  • Customization and localization of Dspace as an architectural repository in Persian
  • Design of an application profile for architectural resource description based on Dublin Core
  • Establishment of information management systems in various cultural heritage centers

Research Coordinator

Hidalo Hezare Hashtom Consultant, Tehran, Iran                                    2006

  • Research proposal for modeling of settlement pattern in the Biston Basin (a world heritage site) in the ancient times
  • Research proposal for studying the role of water resources and roads in the formation of ancient settlements in Hormozgan
  • Urban design competition for restructuring the Navvab Quarter in Tehran

Research Coordinator

Lar Consulting Engineering Company, Tehran, Iran                                2004-2006

  • Management plan for conservation of the Shushtar Historic Hydraulic System
  • Comprehensive plan for conservation and restoration of the Shushtar Historic Hydraulic System

Senior Designer

Morsal Ghaleb Company, Tehran, Iran                                                         2003-2004

  • Revision and development of low cost mass housing system
  • Improve livability and flexibility of houses produced by an existing prefabricated housing system in Iran


Zanco Sakhteman Consulting Engineers, Tehran, Iran                              2001-2002

  • Residential complexes and public buildings


Professional Service

  • The Symposium on Digital Methods, Ethical Challenges, Annenberg School for Communication, University of Pennsylvania, co-organizer (2013)
  • Archaeology’s “Communities of Practice” session in the Theoretical Archaeology Group Conference (TAG2013), Chicago, co-organizer (2013)
  • Dublin Core Metadata Initiative Advisory Board, member (since September 2011)
  • Dublin Core Cultural Heritage Task Group, co-chair (since December 2011)
  • Museum and the Web Conference, student volunteer (2011)
  • Multilingual Terminology Working Group, member (Since 2010)
  • Aga Khan Award for Architecture, nominator (since 2009)
  • Management, education, and conservation of cultural heritage in memory of Seyed Mohamad Bagher Shirazi by the Iranian Academy of Art, conference committee member (2008)
  • Identification and evaluation of historic houses for safeguarding in the development area of Tehran University, coordinator (2007)
  • A campaign for safeguarding plane trees in Tehran, coordinator  (2006-2008)



  • iConference (2013; 2014; 2015)
  • CSCW (Computer Supported Cooperative Work) (2013)
  • ACM SIGCHI (Computer-Human Interaction) (2013)
  • ASIST SIGSI (Social Informatics) Symposium (2012)
  • Electronic Library and Information Systems Journal (2012)


University Service

  • TA Task Force at Drexel University, training incoming teaching assistants, member (2012-2013)
  • Doctoral committee, iSchool at Drexel, PhD students representative (2011-2012)
  • Doctoral Student Association (DSA), committee member (since 2011)
  • iSchool DSA research talks, organizer (2011)


Professional Associations and Memberships

  • American Society of Information Science & Technology (ASIS&T)
  • Association for Library and Information Science Education (ALISE)
  • Society for Digital Humanities
  • Association for Computers and Humanities
  • Association for Literary and Linguistic Computing
  • International Society of Iranian Studies
  • The Islamic Manuscript Association



  • Persian (native)
  • English (fluent)
  • Arabic (intermediate at reading)