- Master's: Syracuse University
- Bachelor's: University of California at Berkeley
Doctoral candidate Azeta Hatef earned her B.A. in media studies from UC Berkeley. She completed her M.A., also in media studies, at the S.I. Newhouse School of Public Communications and earned a certificate in advanced study in women and gender studies at Syracuse University. For her master’s thesis, Hatef traveled to Afghanistan to examine the cosmetic surgery industry in the country. This project explored the post-occupation media landscape and beauty industry of Afghanistan during a time of social and political change. Her research has been presented at a number of communications conferences including, the International Communication Association, International Association for Media and Communication Research, Union for Democratic Communications, Global Fusion, Popular Communication Association, and the Association for Education Mass Communication and Journalism. Her research has also been published internationally.
Hatef's dissertation focuses on international human rights through ethnographic inquiry, where she examines the use of media among the Roma community in the Czech Republic. This project includes analysis of online spaces for the development and support of organization, community, and engagement for marginalized groups.
Hatef will spend one year in the Czech Republic conducting research for her dissertation as a Fulbright Scholar. In 2017, she was the recipient of the Harold F. Martin Graduate Assistant Outstanding Teaching Award, a University-wide teaching award.