Valentine M. Moghadam

Professor, Sociology and International Affairs; Director, International Affairs Program; Director, Middle East Studies Program
education Ph.D. 1986, Sociology
The American University
Mailing address 210G RP
360 Huntington Avenue
Boston, MA 02115

Valentine M. Moghadam joined Northeastern University in Boston as the director of the International Affairs Program, and a professor of sociology, in January 2012. She was previously at Purdue University. Born in Tehran, Iran, Dr. Moghadam received her higher education in Canada and the U.S. In addition to her academic career, she has been a senior research fellow at UNU/WIDER in Helsinki, Finland (1990-95), and a section chief at UNESCO in Paris (2004-06).  Dr. Moghadam’s areas of research are globalization, transnational feminist networks, civil society and citizenship, and gender and development in the Middle East and North Africa. Among her publications are Modernizing Women: Gender and Social Change in the Middle East (1993, 2003, 2013), Globalizing Women: Transnational Feminist Networks (2005, which won the American Political Science Association’s Victoria Schuck Award), and Globalization and Social Movements: Islamism, Feminism, and the Global Justice Movement (2009, updated second edition 2012).

Selected Publications

“What is Democracy? Promises and Perils of the Arab Spring.” Current Sociology 61,4: 393-408 (2013).

“Global Social Movements and Transnational Advocacy”, in Kate Nash, Alan Scott, and Edwin Amenta (eds.), The New Blackwell Companion to Political Sociology (2012).

“Anti-systemic Movements Compared”, in Salvatore Babones and Christopher Chase-Dunn (eds.), Routledge Handbook of World-Systems Analysis (London and New York: Routledge, 2012).

“Algerian Women in Movement: Three Waves of Feminist Activism”, in in Debra Bergoffen, Paula Ruth Gilbert, Tamara Harvey, and Connie L. McNeely (eds.), Confronting Global Gender Justice:  Women’s Lives, Human Rights.  (Oxford, UK: Routledge, 2011).

“Political Opportunities and Strategic Choices: Comparing Feminist Campaigns in Morocco and Iran” (with Elham Gheytanchi).  Mobilization: An International Quarterly of Social Movement Research. (vol. 15, no. 3, Sept. 2010): 267-88.

“The Making of an International Convention: Culture and Free Trade in a Global Era” (with Dilek Elveren), in Review of International Studies, vol. 34, no. 4 (October 2008): 735-53.

“Population Growth, Urbanization, and the Challenges of Unemployment,” in Jillian Schwedler and Deborah Gerner (eds.), Understanding the Contemporary Middle East (Lynne Rienner, 2008, 3rd ed.).

“Is Gender Inequality in Muslim Societies a Barrier to Modernization and Democratization?” Pp. 98-114 in Shireen T. Hunter and Human Malik, eds., Modernization, Democracy, and Islam. Westport, CT: Greenwood Publishers, 2005.

“Women’s Economic Participation in the Middle East: What Difference Has the Neoliberal Policy Turn Made?” Journal of Middle East Women’s Studies vol. 1, no. 1 (Winter 2005): 110-146.

“Engendering Citizenship, Feminizing Civil Society: The Case of the Middle East and North Africa.” Women & Politics (vol. 25, nos. 1-2, 2003): 63-88

“Is the Future of Revolution Feminist? Rewriting ‘Gender and Revolutions’ in an Era of Globalization.” In John Foran, ed., The Future of Revolutions in the Context of Globalization (London and New York: Zed Books, 2003), pp. 159-168.

“Islamic Feminism and its Discontents: Towards a Resolution of the Debate.” Signs: Journal of Women in Culture and Society (vol. 27, no. 4, Summer 2002): 1135-1171. Reprinted in Gender, Politics, and Islam, edited by Therese Saliba, Carolyn Allen, and Judith Howard (Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 2002, pp. 15-52); reprinted in Islam, ed. Mona Siddiqui (London: Sage Publications, 2010, in 4 volumes).

“Enhancing Women’s Participation in the Middle East and North Africa.” In Heba Handoussa and Zafiris Tzanatos, eds., Employment Creation and Social Protection. (Washington D.C. and Cairo: The World Bank and American University in Cairo Press, 2002.)

“Building Human Resources and Women’s Capabilities in Afghanistan: A Retrospect and Prospects.” World Development (22) (6), June 1994, 859-876.

Selected Honors & Awards

Rockefeller Foundation grant, “Women’s Studies North and South: Addressing Gender and Social Justice Issues”, Bellagio Center, Italy, 13-17 September 2011

NSF ADVANCE grant (2008-2010), Co-PI: Purdue Center for Faculty Success, Member of the Leadership Team.

APSA Victoria Schuck Award for best book on women and politics, 2006, Globalizing Women: Transnational Feminist Networks

Honorable mention, ASA/PEWS best book award 2006, Globalizing Women: Transnational Feminist Networks

Choice Outstanding Academic Book for 1993-1994, Modernizing Women: Gender and Social Change in the Middle East

Professional Associations & Affiliations

Founding member and past president of the Association for Middle East Women’s Studies

Editorial board member, Journal of Middle East Women’s Studies editorial board

Editorial board member, International Journal of Middle East Studies (flagship journal of the Middle East Studies Association of North America)

Past treasurer, International Society of Iranian Studies

Member, American Sociological Association,

Past editorial board member, Contemporary Sociology

Reviewer, American Sociological Review

Member, 2006 ASA program committee

Past member, Executive Committee of the International Sociological Association