Dr. Elhum Haghighat

Dr. Elhum Haghighat

I am a professor of Political Science at Lehman College and the Graduate Center of the City University of New York (CUNY). My areas of expertise are Demography, Development, Social Change and Democratization, Politics of Gender, Work, Family and Intimacy, in addition to interest in the nexus between education, employment 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. Prior to my position at CUNY, I have held positions in Washington, D.C. as a senior research scientist, consultant, policy and quantitative analyst for the U.S. Department of Labor, The World Bank, The Executive Office of Public Leadership of the Educational Testing Service and published several reports and articles on education, immigration, development issues and policies. My current scholarly interests are on Political Demography and transition to democracy in the MENA region in addition to my continued interest in the politics of gender, work, family and intimacy in the MENA. My forthcoming book is titled, Demography & Democracy: Transitions in the Middle East & North Africa (with Cambridge University Press, July 2018):

​ISBN: 9781108448390​​. http://www.cambridge.org/gb/academic/subjects/politics-international-relations/middle-east-government-politics-and-policy/demography-and-democracy-transitions-middle-east-and-north-africa?format=PB#KZUr40fmitXdqWQ8.97


  • Political Demography (Comparative, Middle East & North Africa)
  • Population Dynamics & Development
  • Demographic Transition, Development, Authoritarian Resistance & Democratization in the Middle East & North Africa
  • Politics of Gender, Family, Intimacy, Sexual Identity (Comparative, Middle East & North Africa)
  • Determinants of Women's Social Mobility & Socio-Political Status
  • Education, Politics, & Social Inequality (U.S., Comparative, Middle East & North Africa)


  • Politics of Gender (U.S., Comparative, Middle East)
  • Social Research Methods I & II
  • 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, Politics, & Society (U.S. & Comparative)
  • Social Stratification (U.S. & Comparative)
  • Gender & Development
  • Gender & Globalization
  • Class, Race, Ethnicity, Gender, Family (U.S., Middle East)