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Professor of Sociology and International Affairs

Born in Tehran, Iran, Prof. Moghadam received her higher education in Canada and the US. In addition to her academic career, Prof. Moghadam has been Senior Research Fellow and Coordinator of the Research Program on Women and Development, UNU/WIDER, Helsinki (1990-95) and Section Chief, Gender Equality and Development, Human and Social Sciences Sector, UNESCO, Paris (2004-06). The author of many journal articles, five books and co-author of one, Prof. Moghadam has edited nine books.

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  • • Fall 2021: Kluge Chair in the Countries and Cultures of the South, Library of Congress, residential fellowship for work on Varieties of Feminism in the Middle East and North Africa.
    • 2018-19: Professorial Research Associate, London Middle East Institute, SOAS, Univ. of London.
    • Jan. 2017 – Sept. 2018: Co-PI, Women’s Employment and Dynamics of Inequality in the Middle East, North Africa, and South Asia (ESRC/ Global Challenges Research Fund; PI: Prof. M. Karshenas, Economics, SOAS, Univ. of London.) https://www.soas.ac.uk/economics/research/dynamics-of-gender-equality-menasa/
    • Tier 1 grant, Northeastern University, 1st July 2015 – 30th September 2016 (with Bilge Erten and Catalina Herrera Almanza): “Development, Democratization and Women’s Empowerment: What are the Connections?”
    • Humanities Center grant award, Northeastern University (with Bill Dickens, Bilge Erten, and Catalina Herrera Almanza): “Gender and Development Conference”, 2015.
    • Faculty Research Development Grant, Northeastern University, 2014.
    • 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.
    • Purdue University, International Programs: Study Abroad and International Learning (SAIL) Grant, (with Alicia Decker), 2009-10; 2010-11.
    • NSF ADVANCE grant (2008-2012): Purdue Center for Faculty Success. Co-PI, Member of Leadership Team, responsible for policy research on work-life policies.
    • American Political Science Association, Victoria Schuck Award for Globalizing Women: Transnational Feminist Networks, best book on Women and Politics in 2005 (August, 2006).
    • Fund for the Advancement of the Discipline, American Sociological Association and the National Science Foundation, for research on women’s movements in Middle East/North Africa, 2003-04.
    • Teaching-Learning Development Grant, Center for the Advancement of Teaching, ISU, for project on “Teaching Women’s Studies: How Do Students Learn?” 2003-04.
    • Muslim Intercultural Exchange Grant, The Cooperative Grants Program (COOP) of NAFSA: Association of International Educators, 2002-2003.
    • Fellowship, Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars, 2001-2002.
    • ISU, College of Arts and Sciences Outstanding Researcher Award, 2000-2001.
    • ISU Team Excellence Award, for Women’s Studies Conf. on Women and Employment, 1999-2000.
    • AAUW Educational Foundation Community Action Grant, 1999-2000 (with Maria Canabal).
    • Council of American Overseas Research Centers (CAORC), Fellowship for Regional Research on “Economic Liberalization and Women’s employment in Egypt, Jordan, and Turkey.”(Fall 1996).
    • IREX Short-Term Travel Grant, June 1993. Travel to Miami for three Eastern European scholars to ASA conference for Panel on Gender and Restructuring in Eastern Europe, organized by Moghadam.
    • Modernizing Women selected as a Choice Outstanding Academic Book for 1993-94.
    • Post-doctoral Fellowship, Pembroke Center for Research on Women, Brown University, 1988-89.
    • ACLS Travel Grant (to Yugoslavia), 1988.

“Female Labour Force Participation and Women’s Employment: Puzzles, Problems, and Research” (Massoud Karshenas and Valentine M. Moghadam), The Routledge Handbook of Middle East Economics, editor Hassan Hakimian. London: Routledge (July 2021).

“What was Globalization?” Globalizations (Nov. 2020). https://doi.org/10.1080/14747731.2020.1842095

“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 2020): 467–485,  https://doi.org/10.1093/sp/jxaa019.

“Women’s Employment in Tunisia: Structures, Institutions, Advocacy.” Sociology of Development (vol. 5, issue 4, Dec. 2019): 337-359. https://online.ucpress.edu/socdev/article/5/4/337/109350/Women-and-Employment-in-TunisiaStructures

“How Women Helped Shape Tunisia’s Revolution and Democratic Transition.” Current History (vol. 118, issue 812, Dec. 2019), available at https://online.ucpress.edu/currenthistory/issue/118/812

“Right-wing Populisms North and South: Varieties and Gender Dynamics” (with Gizem Kaftan). Women’s Studies International Forum, vol. 75 (July-August 2019). https://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/abs/pii/S027753951830390X

  • 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

Courses

Course catalog
  • Explores the rise of neoliberal globalization and its impact on local and national communities around the world. Examines complex patterns of resistance, including place-based struggles and transnational social movements. Combines theoretical analysis of global capitalism, development, the politics of resistance, and reformist/radical alternatives with the study of concrete struggles in defense of land, labor and human rights, indigenous cultures and identities, and ecological sustainability.

  • 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.