I finished my PhD in Religious Studies concentrating on the many convergences and divergences between Islamic ideas and ideals and those of the modern world with an eye on women's histories. I obtained my Master's degree from EFLU, Hyderabad, India, in Literary and Cultural studies.
Fun facts: Many years ago in a past life, I authored a novel in Farsi titled Under the Carefree Afternoon Sun زیر آفتاب خوشخیال عصر. Ask me for a copy if you can read Farsi!
In my research, I attend to the history of the modern Middle East, with a focus on Iran, beginning in the 18th century to the present. My work is broadly defined at the intersections of modern Islam, post-constitution state formations, and the governance of peripheral subjects and sites. I am currently working on a book project tentatively titled "Red-Light Tehran" which explores the history of the red-light district of Tehran in the twentieth century.
I teach courses on Islam and Gender, Islamic feminisms, history of the modern Islamic State, and global history of prostitution.
Interested in working with students with a research focus on Islam and modernity, political theology, women's history in the global South, legal history, gender and feminism, and modern state formations.
Prerequisite: *3 in HIST at the 300-level or consent of Department.Winter Term 2021 Winter Term 2022
A survey of the main elements of the Muslim tradition and their role in the formation of Islamic culture.Winter Term 2022