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Faculty Fellow, Internet Governance Lab, American University School of Communication

Emily L. Blout holds a Ph.D. in History with a specialty in media and politics in Iran from the University of St. Andrews.

She is a faculty fellow at the Internet Governance Lab and author of the upcoming book, "Soft War: Media, Culture, and the Legitimation of Power in Iran."

Blout's scholarship is enriched by over eight years of experience working on foreign policy and national security issues in Washington, D.C. Her background includes advising and serving as spokesperson for a senior member of Congress, directing legislative affairs for a leading Iranian-American non-profit organization, and working on Turkey and Syria policy issues at the Pentagon.

Blout holds an M.A. in International Security from the National Defense University, where she also worked as a researcher on projects related to the Iraq war and the National Security Council.


  • –present
    Faculty Fellow, Internet Governance Lab , American University School of International Service


  • 2016 
    University of St. Andrews, PhD, History, Iranian Studies