Since 2004 Dr Zeydabadi-Nejad has designed, taught and examined a large number of undergraduate and postgraduate programmes on film, media and cultural Studies in the Department of Graduate Studies, at SOAS (University of London) and at the University of Roehampton. These include modules such as 'Cultural Encounters, Material Culture and Narratives', 'Islam and the media', 'Iranian cinema', 'World cinema', 'Iranian media and film', 'Communication, Culture and Politics in the Middle East', and 'Transnational media and diasporic communities'. In the same institutions, he has also acquired expertise in supervising students at undergraduate, taught masters and PhD level.
His research interests and activities span different genres, authors, methodologies and theoretical frameworks. Although his publications are broadly on Iranian cinema and media, they demonstrate expertise in areas as varied as anthropology, cultural studies, film theory, cinema audiences, national cinemas and Middle Eastern studies. His publications include works such as the Routledge monograph The Politics of Iranian Cinema (2010).
Dr Zeydabadi-Nejad has developed several successful research and public engagement collaborations with colleagues inside and outside his host institutions. For example, he organised and secured funding for a series of events around the works of the renowned Iranian director Rakhshan Bani-Etemad in 2008. For that project, he collaborated with the cultural institutions British Film Institute (BFI), the Iran Heritage Foundation, as well as the charitable organisation ‘Insight Education’. The programme included an academic conference with a keynote speech from Professor Laura Mulvey, a week-long filmmaking masterclass at SOAS by the filmmaker, screening of her complete works at the BFI, and, finally, Zeydabadi-Nejad's teaching of a short course at the BFI. The filmmaker subsequently received an honorary degree from SOAS on his recommendation for nomination.
He completed a PhD in Media Studies at the University of London (SOAS) in 2006 and studied anthropology in Australia at undergraduate and postgraduate levels, graduating in 2000.
Dr Zeydabadi-Nejad also organises and chairs film screenings for the Centre for Iranian Studies, SOAS and is a Senior Teaching Fellow at SOAS' School of Arts and a member in the London Middle East Institute (LEMI) and SOAS's Centre for Iranian Studies.