Dear AIS Members,
Please accept my name for consideration as a member of the AIS Council.
I have been a member of AIS since 2008 and have participated in the society as an active member. As a member of the AIS Council, should I be honored with being chosen, I will work to advance the interests of the Association for Iranian Studies mission among members of the association and the larger academic community. My goal is to be an active member in all areas the council oversees and help to create a positive and successful council. In recent years, I presented papers at each convention (unless I was doing fieldwork for my dissertation). My interest in Iran and Iranian studies, as well as the surrounding region, has spanned over two decades. My academic and research career began with studying Iran, Afghanistan, and Pakistan in 1998. My Master’s thesis, Myth Objectives: The Social Construct of Narrative Influence in Iran, studied Iranian leaders and their use of the objectives within various myths to win domestic support for their nuclear program. I received the Mina Houton Foundation Award for the scholarly advancement of Iranian language and culture for two years in a row (in 2008-2009).
After receiving my Ph.D. from Rutgers University, I was a Visting Research Collaborator at Princeton University’s Woodrow Wilson School (2013-2015). During much of this time period I was doing fieldwork in Tajikistan and Afghanistan. After this appointment, I served as a Visiting Scholar in the Department of African, Middle Eastern, and South Asian Languages at Rutgers University. During this appointment, I designed a course on Ta’ziyeh, Iranian ritual theater.
My publications include, The Afghan-Central Asia Borderlands: The State and Local Leaders, Routledge (2016). This book was nominated for an International Studies Association ENMISA (Ethnicity, Nationalism, and Migration) Distinguished Book Award. My second book, Local Governance at the Periphery: Informal Organizations in Tajik/Afghan Badakhshan, funded by grants and awards from IREX, American Institute for Afghan Studies, and the University of Illinois (with a grant from USAID) is under contract (and final peer review) with University of Michigan Press. My third book focuses on seven conceptual essays on different aspects in Iran ranging from civil society to the nuclear issue to social media and women’s rights My fourth book is based on my elective, The Iranian Way of War. This book is in the early stages of developed and is under contract with Lexington Press.
For the larger academic community, I serve on the Governing Council of the International Studies Association, Northeast Chapter, the Yale Ferguson Book Award Committee, the Lifetime Scholar and Paper Award Committees for the ISA’s ENMISA Section (2016-2018). I also serve as a peer reviewer for the International Studies Quarterly, The Feminist Journal of International Politics, and the European Journal of International Relations. I have been an invited speaker at Columbia, Harvard, Princeton, University of Kentucky, The Marshall Center, Yale, George Washington University, Salve Regina, and overseas institutions.