Dr. Elhum Haghighat

Professor | Chair
Lehman College | The City University of New York 
School of Natural & Social Sciences
Department of Political Science

250 Bedford Park Blvd. W, Bronx, NY 10468
Department website:​http://www.lehman.cuny.edu/academics/political-science/
The Graduate Center | The City University of New York

Faculty member: Middle Eastern Studies Program: https://memeac.gc.cuny.edu/

Faculty member: Women & Gender Studies Program: https://centerforstudyofwomen.commons.gc.cuny.edu/masters-program/

Faculty affiliate: Political Science Program: https://www.gc.cuny.edu/Page-Elements/Academics-Research-Centers-Initiatives/Doctoral-Programs/Political-Science

365 Fifth Avenue, New York, NY 10016-4309

Email: Elhum.Haghighat@Lehman.CUNY.Edu or EHaghighat@GC.CUNY.Edu 
Office: (347) 577-4051

I am a professor of Political Science (and Chair) at Lehman College and the Graduate Center of the City University of New York (CUNY). I consider myself an interdisciplinary scholar where my research interests include Demography (intersectionality of politics & demography, contextual demography), Development & Democratization, Politics of Inequality and Social Stratification, Gender and Social Justice in addition to my continued interest in the nexus between education, work and social mobility. My regions/countries of expertise are the Middle East & North Africa (MENA) and the United States. My publications have appeared in a variety of peer reviewed journals including Middle East Critique; American Journal of Islamic Social Sciences; Identities: Journal of Politics, Gender and Culture; Industrial Relations, A Journal of Economy and Society; International Review of Sociology/Revue Internationale de Sociologie, International Journal of Sociology and Social Policy, International Studies in Sociology of Education. My first book is titled, Women in the Middle East & North Africa: Change & Continuity (2010 & 2012, Palgrave-Macmillan).

I have held positions as a senior research scientist, consultant, quantitative and policy analyst for the U.S. Department of Labor, The World Bank, the Executive Office of Public Leadership of the ETS (all in Washington, D.C.) and published several reports and articles on politics of inequality and social justice, education, immigration, development topics and policies. I have also held visiting professorial positions at Bucknell University and Temple University prior to my positions at CUNY. 

My current scholarly interests are on demographic and democratic transitions in the MENA in addition to my continued interest in gender politics. My latest book is titled, Demography & Democracy: Transitions in the Middle East & North Africa (Cambridge University Press, 2018): ​


  • Demography (intersectionality of demography & politics, contextual demography, Comparative, Middle East & North Africa)
  • Population & Development
  • Development, Authoritarian Resistance & Democratization in the Middle East & North Africa
  • Politics of Gender & Politics of Inequality (Comparative, Middle East & North Africa)
  • Determinants of Women's Social Mobility & Socio-Political Status
  • Education & Social Mobility (U.S., Comparative, Middle East & North Africa)


  • Gender, Sexuality and Body Politics (U.S., Comparative, Middle East)
  • Politics of Inequality: Class, Gender, Race, Ethnicity, Identity, Nationality & Intersectionality
  • Social Research Methods (Introductory & Advanced)
  • Political & Social Demography
  • Demography of the Middle East
  • Population & Development
  • Development & Social Change
  • Comparative Politics (Middle East)
  • Politics & Culture (U.S., Comparative, Middle East)
  • Education Policies & Politics (U.S. & Comparative)
  • Social Stratification (U.S. & Comparative)
  • Gender & Development
  • Gender & Globalization