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Valentine M. Moghadam

Valentine M. Moghadam is Professor of Sociology and International Affairs at Northeastern University, Boston. 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 Coordinator of the Research Program on Women and Development at the UNU’s WIDER Institute (Helsinki, 1990-1995) and a section chief for gender equality and development, UNESCO’s Social and Human Sciences Sector (Paris, 2004-2006). 


Prof. Moghadam’s areas of research include globalization, transnational social movements and feminist networks, economic citizenship, and gender and development in the Middle East and North Africa. Among her many publications are Modernizing Women: Gender and Social Change in the Middle East (first published 1993; second edition 2003; revised and updated third edition Fall 2013); Globalizing Women: Transnational Feminist Networks (2005), which won the American Political Science Association’s Victoria Schuck award for best book on women and politics for 2005; and Globalization and Social Movements: The Populist Challenge and Democratic Alternatives (2020). She has edited seven books, including Empowering Women after the Arab Spring (2016, with Marwa Shalaby). A forthcoming co-authored book (with Dr. Shamiran Mako of Boston University) is After the Arab Uprisings: Progress and Stagnation in the Middle East and North Africa (Cambridge 2021). For Fall 2021 she has been named the Kluge Chair in the Study of Countries and Cultures of the South and will be in residence at the Library of Congress, Washington DC. 

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