• B.Sc., University of Art, Tehran 2010
  • M.A., Allameh Tabataba’i University, Tehran 2013
  • Ph.D., Kansas State University 2020
Areas of Interest

My current research explores the urban legacy of sporting mega-events. From a social justice perspective, I try to see how the host cities function before, during, and after the Olympic Games and FIFA World Cup. In the past ten years, I have also studied cinematic representations of cities and urban spaces, characters, and transformations. I have developed a conceptual/methodological framework called Urban Cinesemiotics to interpret cities’ physical and sociocultural representations in cinema using urban theory and semiotics. Generally, my teaching and research interests include:

  • Urban studies: contemporary urban issues, social justice and the city, community & regional planning and design
  • Interdisciplinary studies: city & cinema, city and sporting mega-events
  • Iranian studies: modern & contemporary Iran, Iranian cinema
Courses Taught

URBN 10100: Contemporary Urban Issues
URBN 10200: World Cities
URBN 20105: Cities in Cinema
URBN 30100: Urban Studio
SOCI 29907: Social Justice & the City

  • Goharipour, Hamed; & Huston Gibson. “Reading the represented city and society: signs, theory, and the dynamic interpretativeness of Peircean semiotics” in Qualitative Research. https://doi.org/10.1177%2F14687941211063484
  • Goharipour, Hamed; Huston Gibson; & Gholamreza Latifi. “Regardless if it is comedy, action, thriller, or biography: A review of urban crime in the 1980s cinema of Chicago” in Frontiers of Architectural Research, Vol. 10, Issue 3. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.foar.2021.02.005
  • Goharipour, Hamed. “Narratives of a Lost Space: A Semiotic Analysis of Central Courtyards in Iranian Cinema” in Frontiers of Architectural Research, Vol. 8, Issue 2. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.foar.2019.01.004
  • Goharipour, Hamed. “A Review of Urban Images of Tehran in the Iranian Post-revolution Cinema” in Arefian F., Moeini S. (Eds.) Urban Change in Iran. The Urban Book Series. Springer. https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-319-26115-7_5
  • Goharipour, Hamed; Amanda Iskin; & Mei Carter. “From the Middle-Class Point of View After Five Years: A Focus Group Analysis of the Urban Legacy of the Rio De Janeiro 2016 Olympic Games” in the Association of Collegiate Schools of Planning (ACSP) 61st Annual Conference.
  • Goharipour, Hamed; & Zhila Pezeshkpoor. “The Role of Movable Furniture in Improving Sociability in University Campus” in the ACSP 60th Annual Conference.
  • Goharipour, Hamed; & Huston Gibson. “Narratives of Crime, Violence, and Darkness: A Journey into Chicago in the 1980s” in the ACSP 59th Annual Conference, Greenville, South Carolina.
  • Goharipour, Hamed. “Toward Urban Cinesemiotics: Context, Urban Theory, and the Dynamicity of an Image-sign” in the American Association of Geographers (AAG) Annual Meeting, Washington D.C.
  • Goharipour, Hamed. “Urban Cinesemiotics: How Is New Orleans Represented in Tightrope and The Big Easy?” in the American Association of Geographers (AAG) Annual Meeting, New Orleans, Louisiana.
  • Goharipour, Hamed. “Reading the City through Cinematic Representation of the Urban Experience: Semiotic Analysis of Chicago in The Blues Brothers and The Untouchables” in the ACSP 57th Annual Conference, Denver, Colorado.
Professional Affiliations
  • Association of Collegiate Schools of Planning (ACSP)