Noah Amir Arjomand

Noah Amir Arjomand


Behind the Bylines: Fixing World News in Turkey

Dissertation Review Committee


Noah Arjomand is a PhD candidate with research interests in the sociology of media and transnational knowledge. Noah's dissertation is on the roles, strategies, and moral worlds of local "fixers" who assist foreign journalists in Turkey. He is the recipient of a National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowship and is the 2017-2018 Institute for Turkish Studies Heath W. Lowry Distinguished Dissertation Writing Fellow. Noah received his undergraduate degree from Princeton University's Woodrow Wilson School for Public and International Affairs, with a certificate in Near Eastern Studies. His research has been reported on by The Diplomat (Japan), Evrensel (Turkey), International Crisis Group, Pajhwok News (Afghanistan), The Sun-Herald (Australia), and The Telegraph (UK).

Parallel to his academic work, Noah has written on politics and society in Turkey, Afghanistan, Iran, and Iraq and is a documentary photographer. His essays and photos have been published in The Guardian, Wall Street Journal, Boston Globe, Dissent, PBS Frontline: Tehran Bureau, Public Culture, Profil Magazine, PDNedu Magazine, The Midway Review, and Cumhuriyet Gazetisi.


  • AB, 2010, Public and International Affairs, Princeton University
  • MA, 2013, Sociology, Columbia University
  • MPhil, 2015, Sociology, Columbia University


  • 2017. "Every Turk is Born a Soldier,” Public Culture, 29(3), 418-432.
  • 2016. “Afghan Exodus: Smuggling Networks, Migration and Settlement Patterns in Turkey,” Afghanistan Analysts Network.
  • 2016. “Inside Turkey's Media Crackdown,” Dissent.
  • 2015. “The Folly of Double Government: Lessons from the First Anglo-Afghan War,” Afghanistan Analysts Network.
  • 2014. “The Struggle for Kabul’s Libraries,” Public Culture, 26(3), 378-392.
  • 2013. “Eagle’s Summit Revisited: Decision-Making in the Kajaki Dam Refurbishment Project,” Afghanistan Analysts Network .


  • (Teaching Assistant) Mistake, Misconduct and Disaster, with Diane Vaughan
  • (Teaching Assistant) Israeli Society and the Israeli-Palestinian Conflict, with Yinon Cohen
  • (Teaching Assistant) Media, Culture and Society in the Internet Age, with Sudhir Venkatesh
  • (Teaching Assistant) The Sociology of Emotions, with Niza Yanay