Soheil Asefi is an independent journalist and scholar. Following his imprisonment at the notorious Evin prison in Tehran, mostly in solitary confinement, and being temporarily released on bail, he left Iran for Germany as the PEN Center's writer in exile. He studied political science at The New School for Social Research (NSSR) and is currently pursuing a PhD in history at the Graduate Center of the City University of New York (CUNY). In light of his transatlantic life between Berlin and New York, he is interested in political agency, diaspora, and anti-capitalist and anti-imperialist transnational solidarity. He examines transnational anti-imperialist queer diaspora (QPoC) solidarity with the Global South in Berlin and New York City (1970s-1990s) in his PhD dissertation.