Valentine M. Moghadam
Professor, Sociology and International Affairs; Director, Middle East Studies Program
Ph.D. 1986, Sociology
The American University
Tuesdays 2.30 - 4.30 and by appointment
360 Huntington Avenue
Boston, MA 02115
Resume / CV
Professor Moghadam came to Northeastern University in January 2012 from Purdue University, where she was directing the Women’s Studies Program. 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; revolutions and social movements; transnational feminist networks; and gender, development, and democratization in the Middle East and North Africa. Among her many publications are Modernizing Women: Gender and Social Change in the Middle East (1993, 2003, 2013), Globalizing Women: Transnational Feminist Networks (2005, winner of the American Political Science Association’s Victoria Schuck Award), and Globalization and Social Movements: Islamism, Feminism, and the Global Justice Movement (2009, 2013). Her current research is on prospects for a women-friendly democratization after the Arab Spring.
- Modernizing Women: Gender and Social Change in the Middle East (Boulder, CO: Lynne Rienner Publishers). Revised third edition 2013. First published in 1993 (a Choice Outstanding Academic Book for 1993-1994); also published by The American University of Cairo Press; updated second edition 2003.
- Globalization and Social Movements: Islamism, Feminism, and the Global Justice Movement (Rowman & Littlefield, 2009, 2013 2nd ed).
- Globalizing Women: Transnational Feminist Networks (The Johns Hopkins University Press, 2005). Winner of APSA Victoria Schuck Award for best book on women and politics, 2006; honorable mention, ASA/PEWS best book award 2006.
- “States and Social Rights: Social Policy after the Arab Spring” (equal author with M. Karshenas), World Development, vol. 64 (September 2014): 726-39. DOI: 10.1016/j.worlddev.2014.07.002
- “What is Democracy? Promises and Perils of the Arab Spring.” Current Sociology, vol. 61, no. 4 (June 2013): 393-408.
- “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.
- “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.
Awards and Honors
- Modernizing Women: Gender and Social Change in the Middle East – a Choice Outstanding Academic Book for 1993-1994.
- Globalizing Women: Transnational Feminist Networks – winner of the American Political Science Association, Victoria Schuck Award for best book on women and politics, 2006; honorable mention, American Sociological Association, PEWS best book award 2006.
- Public Policy Fellowship, Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars, 2001-2002.
Member: American Sociological Association (ASA); International Sociological Association (ISA); Middle East Studies Association (MESA); Association for Middle East Women’s Studies (AMEWS); International Society of Iranian Studies.