Naciem received her BA in Fine Art from the San Francisco Art Institute, and her MA in History of Art and Archaeology from SOAS, University of London. After returning home to California, Naciem taught the Persian language at the San José State University. In addition to her teaching, Naciem's interest in the role of art as a mean for cross-cultural communication led her to curate projects and exhibitions between galleries and universities of Iran and the United States.
Subject groups/Research projects
Naciem's current research focuses on the relationship between text and image in sixteenth and seventeenth centuries Persian painting. She is particularly interested in understanding the selection process of verses of poetry that borders a painting on a single-folio, and the agency of text in comparison to painting.