Professor Shiva Balaghi was quoted in an article in The Guardian on the effect of U.S. and European sanctions on Iranian artists:
"Shiva Balaghi, a cultural historian of the Middle East at Brown University, decried the resulting lack of Iranian art in the west. 'Iran's artists and film-makers are, in my opinion, some of our most important public intellectuals,' she said. 'In the 20th century they supplanted the poet as the voice of Iranian society. Iranian art, then, both reflects and helps shape Iranians' attitudes on a range of issues.'"