Neda Toloui-Semnani (2018) is a journalist and writer whose work has appeared in various online and print publications, including The Washington Post, Kinfolk Magazine, New York, Los Angeles Review of Books, The Baffler, The Week, BuzzFeed and Roll Call, among others. Her work has also been featured in The Rumpus and “This American Life.” She holds a Master of Science in Gender and Social Policy from the London School of Economics and Political Science, and a Master of Fine Arts in Nonfiction from Goucher College. In 2017, she was named a NYFA fellow in Nonfiction.
At the Carey Institute, Neda will be at work on “They Said They Wanted a Revolution,” forthcoming from Little A. The book is the deeply reported personal story of Neda’s parents, two Iranian-Americans who played key roles in establishing support abroad for Iran’s 1979 uprising. The story offers a rare glimpse into the world of the young Iranian leftists who spent nearly two decades working from within the U.S. to foment rebellion in their homeland—a history that has been relegated to a footnote in most books and articles about the Iranian Revolution.