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Professor of Sociology and International Affairs

Professor Moghadam came to Northeastern University in January 2012 as Director of the International Affairs Program, which she led for five years. She teaches Middle East Studies, Capstone (International Affairs), Women and World Politics, and Social Movements.  

Born in Tehran, Iran, Prof. 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). Her areas of research are globalization; revolutions and social movements; transnational feminist networks; and gender, development, and democratization in the Middle East and North Africa. In addition to many journal articles, she has authored five books, including two award-winning books, and has edited nine books. She is co-author, with Shamiran Mako, of After the Arab Uprisings: Progress and Stagnation in the Middle East (Cambridge, 2021).   

Prof. Moghadam 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. 

View CV
  • 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

  • Gender Regimes in the Middle East and North Africa: The Power of Feminist Movements.” Social Politics: International Studies in Gender, State & Society, vol. 27, issue 3 (Fall 2019): 467– 485.
  • Women’s Employment in Tunisia: Structures, Institutions, Advocacy.” Sociology of Development (vol. 5, issue 4, Dec. 2019): 337-359.
  • Right-wing Populisms North and South: Varieties and Gender Dynamics” (with Gizem Kaftan). Women’s Studies International Forum, vol. 75 (July-August 2019).    
  • “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

    PhD, Sociology
    The American University, 1986

  • Contact

  • Address

    210H Renaissance Park
    360 Huntington Avenue
    Boston, MA 02115

  • Office Hours

    Spring 2021: By appointment


Course catalog
  • Concentrates on the twentieth and twenty-first centuries of the “Middle East” (Arab World, Israel, Turkey, and Iran), the links with southwest Asia (Pakistan, Afghanistan), and U.S. engagement with the Middle East. This course seeks to provide students with effective interdisciplinary analytical skills as well as historical, political, ethical, social, cultural, religious, and economic perspectives on the Middle East.

  • Offers a senior research and writing seminar that integrates and assesses the knowledge and skills developed by students participating in the international affairs curriculum, including both experiential (co-op, Dialogue of Civilizations, study abroad, internship, or other approved international experience) and classroom-based components. Requires student self-reflection as well as new research, analysis, and writing, which culminate in a final paper and presentation. Topics include contemporary global issues and draw on relevant literature in the disciplines relating to international affairs.