Valentine M. Moghadam joined Northeastern University in Boston as Director of the International Affairs Program, and 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).
Areas of Research/Interest:
- Transnational feminist networks
- Sociology of gender
- Social movements
- The Middle East and North Africa
“What is Democracy? Promises and Perils of the Arab Spring.” Current Sociology (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.
Honors and Awards
Two of Moghadam’s books have received awards: Modernizing Women: Gender and Social Change in the Middle East was a Choice Outstanding Academic Book for 1993-1994; Globalizing Women: Transnational Feminist Networks won the APSA Victoria Schuck Award for best book on women and politics, 2006; it received an honorable mention, ASA/PEWS best book award 2006.
Moghadam served for two years as co-PI on an NSF ADVANCE grant (2008-2010): Purdue Center for Faculty Success. As a member of the Leadership Team, she was responsible for comparative research on work-life policies. She also received a Rockefeller Foundation grant to hold international conference on “Women’s Studies North and South: Addressing Gender and Social Justice Issues”, Bellagio Center, Italy, 13-17 September 2011, which brought together members of the Global Women’s Studies/Gender Research Network that she formed while employed at UNESCO.
Professional Associations and Affiliations
Moghadam is a founding member and past president of the Association for Middle East Women’s Studies, and serves on the Journal of Middle East Women’s Studies editorial board; she is also a member of the editorial board of the International Journal of Middle East Studies, the flagship journal of the Middle East Studies Association of North America; and is a former treasurer of the International Society of Iranian Studies. As a member of the American Sociological Association, she has served on the editorial board of Contemporary Sociology, reviews manuscripts for the American Sociological Review and other sociology journals, and served on the 2006 ASA program committee; she is also a past member of the Executive Committee of the International Sociological Association.