Assistant Professor
Women and Gender Studies

Office Hours: Tuesday from 2pm - 4pm

Research Interests:

My research integrates work in feminist political geography with scholarship, both within and beyond the discipline of geography, on critical human rights, environmental justice, and decolonial and postcolonial feminist theory. Since 2012, I have conducted research in Iran where I examine evolving relationships between social justice movements, international institutions, and global civil society. I am particularly interested in how economic sanctions – which are often justified through the language of human rights – can limit the space of political speech and paradoxically worsen human rights conditions in Iran. My current project examines the political conditions that make it challenging for Iranian citizens to speak openly about human rights and how activists strategically frame rights narratives as a means of political mobilization, both locally and transnationally.

Recent Publications:

“Woman, Life, Freedom: Decoding the Feminist Uprising in Iran,” with Hanieh Molana and Sahar Razavi. Political Geography (2023)


The Double Bind of Displacement: US Sanctions, the Muslim Ban, and Experiences of Dislocation for Iranians Pursuing Higher Education in the United States.” Annals of the American Association of Geographers 112.3 (2022)


“The Greening of Human Rights in Iran: Lake Orumiyeh, Human Rights, and Environmental Justice.” Environment and Planning E: Nature and Space (2022)


“Soapboxes and Stealth on Revolution Street: Revising the Question of ‘Freedom’ in Iran’s Hijab Protests.” ACME: An International E-Journal for Critical Geographies 20.4 (2021).