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
An introduction to the major religious traditions originating in West Asia, including, but not limited to, Judaism, Christianity, and Islam. Note: not open to students with credit in RELIG 101.Fall Term 2020
A survey of the main elements of the Muslim tradition and their role in the formation of Islamic culture.Winter Term 2022
May be repeated for credit when course content differs.Fall Term 2020