Dr. Elhum Haghighat

Prof. 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 and Sexuality, and 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 Political Demography and transition to democracy in the MENA region in addition to my continued interest in the politics of gender and sexuality in the U.S. and in the MENA. I am on the editorial boards of journals such as Journal of International Women’s Studies. My forthcoming book is on the topic of development, demographic and democratic transitions in the Middle East & North Africa.


  • Political Demography (Comparative, Middle East & North Africa)
  • Population Dynamics & Development
  • Development & Democratization in the Middle East & North Africa
  • Politics of Gender & Sexuality in the Middle East
  • Gender & Globalization
  • Determinants of Women's Social Mobility & Socio-Political Status
  • Development, Globalization, & Social Change (Comparative, Middle East & North Africa)
  • Education, Politics, & Social Inequality (U.S., Comparative, Middle East & North Africa)


  • Politics of Gender & Sexuality in the Middle East (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 (US, Comparative, Middle East)
  • Education, Politics, & Society (U.S. & Comparative)
  • Social Stratification (U.S. & Global)
  • Gender & Development
  • Gender & Globalization
  • Class, Race, Ethnicity, Gender, Sexuality, Identity (Comparative, Interdisciplinary)