Neda Nobari Dissertation Award

The Neda Nobari Dissertation Award is granted biennially by the Assocation of Iranian Studies on behalf of the Center for Iranian Diaspora Studies at San Francisco State University to the author of an exceptional Ph.D. dissertation (completed within the last two years of the nomination) that investigates topics connected to the global Iranian diaspora. Dissertations written in languages other than English are accepted if they are accompanied by a condensed translation of chapters into English. This award is established in honor of SF State Alumna and Philanthropist Neda Nobari, whose generous gift established the Center for Iranian Diaspora Studies at San Francisco State University in 2017. Ms. Nobari's vision to support new research and scholarship about the global Iranian diaspora is critical to expanding our understanding of transnational experiences and to developing interdisciplinary approaches to this emerging field. AIS is now calling for nominations for dissertations completed between January 2022-November 2023. The second Neda Nobari Dissertation Award will be presented at the 2024 AIS Biennial Conference in Mexico City, Mexico. Please email Manijeh Moradian: (Chair of this Award Committee) with questions; please put Neda Nobari Disseration Award in subject heading.
Nomination Deadline: February 15, 2024
Deadline to send Electronic PDF of defended dissertation to chair: February 15, 2024





2022 Winner

  • Awardee: Amir Sayadabdi, Food and identity: The Iranian Diaspora in New Zealand
  • Honorable Mention: Dr. Nazli Akhtari, University of Toronto