Simran Bhalla holds a PhD in Screen Cultures from Northwestern University. Her research interests include institutional films from the Global South, experimental documentary, and global modernisms. Her book project focuses on development and modernity in state-sponsored films from India and Iran. Bhalla's research has been published in Iran Namag and the Journal of Cinema and Media Studies(forthcoming). She is the curator of multiple film series, including Morning Will Come: Modernity in Indian Cinema, which was supported by the National Endowment for the Arts.