Manijeh Moradian

Assistant Professor of Women’s, Gender and Sexuality Studies

Professor Moradian received her PhD in American Studies from NYU and her MFA in creative nonfiction from Hunter College, City University of New York. She is the former co-director of the Association of Iranian American Writers. Her book, Neither Washington, Nor Tehran: Iranian Internationalism in the United States, is forthcoming from Duke University Press. Her essays and articles have appeared in the Routledge Handbook of the Global Sixties, Scholar & Feminist online, Women’s Studies Quarterly, Comparative Studies of South Asian, Africa, and the Middle East, Social Text online,, and Callaloo. She is a founding member of the Raha Iranian Feminist Collective.

Academic Focus: 

Her research focuses on political cultures of the Iranian diaspora in the U.S., tracing generational shifts in subjectivity, transnational activism, and cultural production across the historical arc of U.S.-Iran relations. Her methodological approach takes seriously memory, affect and emotion as an archive of marginalized knowledges, gendered histories and diasporic identity formations that can disrupt assimilation and produce alternatives to heteronormative model minority subjectivity.


Practicing Intersectionality, Fall 2018

Gender, Globalization and Empire, Spring 2019

Affect and Activism, Spring 2019

Professional Affiliations: 

American Studies Association

National Women's Studies Association

Middle East Studies Association


Book Chapter

“The Iranian Student Movement and the Making of Global 1968.” Co-authored with Afshin Matin-asgari in Martin Klimke, ed. Routledge Handbook of the Global Sixties. New York: Routledge, March 2018.


Peer-reviewed articles

“Reading Fannie Lou Hamer in Tehran: The Queer Art of Afro-Asian Solidarity.” Scholar and Feminist Online. Barnard Center for Research on Women. Forthcoming, January 2018.

“‘Women can do anything men can do’: Gender and the Affects of Solidarity in the U.S. Iranian Student Movement (1965-1979).” Women’s Studies Quarterly. Fall-Winter 2014.

 “The Islamic Republic Loves OWS: Is This What Solidarity Looks Like?” Fall 2012.
Social Text online.

“In Search of Iran: Resistant Melancholia in Iranian American Memoirs of Return.” Comparative Studies of South Asia, Africa, and the Middle East (2011) 31(2): 487-497.

“New Middle Eastern Uprisings: Gender, Class, and Security Politics in Egypt and Iran.” March 2011. Social Text online.

Office Hours: 

Fall 2018

Tuesdays, 2:30-4pm and by appointment