An active member of both the Iranian and the Canadian communities,
Massoume has been living in Canada since 1981. She is a social anthropologist born in Iran, and educated in Iran and the United Kingdom at London University, Kings and University Colleges. Since 1995, she has devoted all her time researching Iranian culture. Her many articles and books published in Canada and USA on different aspects of Iranian culture, such as different ethnic groups, rituals, festivals, codes of behavior etc., all have attracted large audiences.
Her first book Iran's Diverse Peoples published by ABC CLIO in 2005 was reviewed as "a must read" by Patrick Clawson from Middle East Quarterly in spring 2007. Her book Ancient Iran for young readers also received very good reviews from School Library Journals in USA and Australia and was featured on PBS for Rick Steve's Iran Fundraiser Program. The book also won the Moonbeam Children’s Book Award in 2009. Her website, www.cultureofiran.com is extensively used by the educators and the public.
She has been a speaker at a number of functions and organizations such as the "Center for Iranian Research and Analysis" (CIRA) at the University of Toronto and the Anthropology Museum in Vancouver. She has been interviewed by CBC radio and CTV and has been a guest on Fanny Kiefer's popular talk show, Studio 4 on Shaw cable. She has been extensively involved in organizing lectures, concerts, exhibitions and facilitating exchange and interaction between the Iranians and the Canadian community at large. She was a commissioner on the Board of Vancouver Museum until 2006 and an advisor for the North Shore Arts Council in North Vancouver until 2008. She has been on the board of ICCA (Iranian Canadian Cultural Association) and CIF (Canadian Iranian Foundation). She is a recipient of the Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal for her contribution to multiculturalism in Canada.
Iran's Diverse Peoples: A Reference Sourcebook (Ethnic Diversity Within Nations), Publisher: ABC-CLIO, USA, 2005
Ancient Iran: Culture of Iran Youth Series, Anahita Productions, Canada, 2008. www.anahitaproductions.com
Medieval Iran: Culture of Iran Youth Series, Anahita Productions, Canada, 2012. www.anahitaproductions.com
Modern Iran: Culture of Iran Youth Series, Anahita Productions, Canada, 2012. www.anahitaproductions.com
Beauty & Fashion: A History of Clothing & Jewellery in Iran: Culture of Iran Youth Series, Anahita Productions, Canada, 2012. www.anahitaproductions.com
Iran: 5000 Years of Clothing, Jewellery and Cosmetics. For General Public. Anahita Productions, Canada, 2012. www.anahitaproductions.com
Cyrus the Great: The Making of the Persian Empire: Culture of Iran Youth Series, Anahita Productions, Canada, 2013. www.anahitaproductions.com