Valentine M. Moghadam is Professor of Sociology and International Affairs, Director of the International Affairs Program, and director of Middle East Studies at Northeastern University, Boston, where she is also co-Chair of the Center for International Affairs and World Cultures. Born in Tehran, Iran, Professor 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). Professor 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); an article on social policy after the Arab Spring, co-authored with Professor Massoud Karshenas, appeared in World Development in 2014. Also in 2014, her article on women' s political leadership in North Africa appeared in the Journal of International Affairs (Columbia University). Her current research is on comparative democratic transitions and women' s rights.
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