Pouya Jahanshahi is an Iranian-American graphic designer and scholar, currently an Associate Professor of Graphic Design and Graduate Program Coordinator at Oklahoma State University. As a young teenager, he migrated from Iran to Europe and eventually the United States in the midst of the Iran-Iraq war. Eventually calling California his home, he received his MFA in Graphic design and Integrated Media, from the California Institute of the Arts (CalArts). His research focuses on “Hybrid Visual Cultures”, where the cross-pollination of cultures has resulted in the birth of new visual realms. While working with a broad range of cultural organizations and clientele, he is the co-founder of Pasaj Collaborative and Local-Not-Local art and design collaboratives, and his 20×20 Posters for Peace collection is currently being exhibited internationally. When time permits, he pursues his hobbies of Persian calligraphy, silk screening, and concrete poetry.