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Valentine M. Moghadam

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Professor of Sociology and International Affairs

Professor Moghadam came to Northeastern University in January 2012 from Purdue University, where she directed 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). Prof. 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. Recently she has worked on gender dynamics of right-wing populist movements; on the interaction of social norms, institutions, and policies behind low female labor-force participation in the Middle East and North Africa; and on feminist activism as a factor in the divergent outcomes of the Arab Spring. Prof. Moghadam was Program Chair for the annual meetings of the Middle East Studies Association, which convened in Boston in Nov. 2016. She has sat on several editorial boards, including the Journal of Middle East Women’s Studies, Politics and Gender, the Journal of World-Systems Research, and Global Papers in International Development. In 2018-19 she was a Fulbright U.S. Scholar Discipline Peer Reviewer (for Sociology), and continues to serve as an Invited Country Expert/Coder for the Varieties of Democracy Project.



International Affairs Program Middle East Studies Sociology and Anthropology Research Centers Center for International Affairs and World Cultures
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  • 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.


Journal Articles

  • “Gendering Populist Movements: A Research Note.” Journal of World-Systems Research, Symposium on Populisms in the World-System, vol. 24, no. 2 (Summer/Fall 2018): 293-303.
  • “Feminism and the Future of Revolution.” Socialism and Democracy, vol. 32, no. 1 (Summer 2018): 31-53.
  • Explaining Divergent Outcomes of the Arab Spring: The Significance of Gender and Women’s Mobilizations.” Politics, Groups, and Identities, vol. 6, issue 4, 2018 (first on-line 31 Jan. 2017).
  • “Engendering Development Sociology: The Evolution of a Field of Research”, Ch. 1 (pp. 21-47) in Gregory Hooks (ed.), Handbook of the Sociology of Development (University of California Press, 2016).
  • States and Social Rights: Social Policy after the Arab Spring” (Massoud Karshsenas, Valentine M. Moghadam, and Randa Alami), World Development, vol. 64 (September 2014): 726-39.
  • “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.
  • American Sociological Association (ASA)
  • International Sociological Association (ISA)
  • Middle East Studies Association of North America (MESA)
  • Association for Middle East Women’s Studies (AMEWS)
  • International Association for Iranian Studies
  • Education

    Ph.D. 1986, Sociology
    The American University

  • Contact

  • Address

    210H Renaissance Park
    360 Huntington Avenue
    Boston, MA 02115

  • Office Hours

    Fall 2020: By appointment