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Roya Hakakian

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ROYA HAKAKIAN is a fellow at Yale University’s Whitney Humanities Center and the author, most recently, of Assassins of the Turquoise Palace, a study of the 1992 Mykonos killings of Iranian dissidents in Berlin. She is a founding member of the Iran Human Rights Documentation Center and serves on the board of Refugees International. She is a contributor to the Persian Literary Review and the weekend edition of All Things Considered. Her op-eds, essays, and reviews have appeared in the New York Times, Washington Post, and Wall Street Journal. Her memoir of growing up a Jewish teenager in post-revolutionary Iran, Journey from the Land of No: A Girlhood Caught in Revolutionary Iran, was Publishers Weekly’s Best Book of the Year and Elle magazine’s Best Nonfiction Book of 2004. She is also a recipient of the 2008 Guggenheim fellowship in nonfiction. Hakakian came to the United States in 1985 on political asylum.