Targol Mesbah, PhD, received her BA in film studies from the University of California Irvine and her PhD in history of consciousness at University of California Santa Cruz. She is presently working on her book manuscript entitled Why Does the Other Suffer? War, Trauma, and the Everyday. She has taught courses in critical theory, postcolonial critique, media studies, and Iranian cinema. Her research interests include critiques of the normalizing effects of biopower; poststructuralist philosophy; psychoanalytic time; and the politics of difference.