POSITIONS

  • Chair, Department of Political Science, Lehman College, The City University of New York (first term: 2010-13), (second term: 2016-19), (third term: 2019-22)  
  • Associate to Full Professor (since 2017), Department of Political Science, Lehman College, The City University of New York
  • Associate Professor (2010-17), Department of Political Science, Lehman College, The City University of New York
  • Faculty member, The Graduate Center – The City University of New York (since 2015)
  • Faculty affiliate, The Graduate Center – The City University of New York (since 2002)
  • Assistant to Associate Professor (tenure track), Department of Sociology (formerly Sociology & Social Work), 2001-10 - Lehman College, The City University of New York
  • Visiting Assistant Professor, Department of Sociology & Anthropology, Bucknell University, Lewisburg, Pennsylvania, 2000-01
  • Senior Research Scientist, Quantitative & Policy Analyst (consultant to Vice President Dr. Anthony Carnevale), ETS, Executive Office of Public Leadership, Washington, DC, 1997-2000
  • Visiting Assistant Professor, Department of Sociology & Affiliated Professor, Women’s Studies Program,Temple University, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, 1996-97
  • Graduate Teaching Fellow (on full scholarship) & Adjunct Lecturer, Maryland Population Research Center & Department of Sociology, University of Maryland, College Park, 1989-96
  • Research Associate/Project Consultant (consultant to Prof. Kurt Finsterbusch & Dr. Deepa Narayan), The World Bank, Division of Infrastructure & Urban Development, Washington, DC, 1992-94
  • Research Associate & Quantitative Analyst (Consultant to Dr. B. Lindsay Lowell & Dr. Richard Fry), U.S. Department of Labor, Division of Immigration & Labor, Washington, DC, 1990-92


EDUCATION

  • Ph.D. (with distinction) - University of Maryland, College Park - Maryland Population Research Center (MPRC)/Center for Population, Gender & Social Inequality & Sociology program; Specializations: Demography, Development, Gender, Work & Family, Quantitative Methodology
  • M.A. (with distinction) - University of Texas at Arlington - Sociology, Concentration in Political Sociology, Social Stratification
  • B.A. - Rutgers College (Rutgers University, New Brunswick, New Jersey) - Sociology 
  • B.A. - Rutgers College (Rutgers University, New Brunswick, New Jersey) - French, Concentration in French Philosophy, Politics, & Literature


​​SELECTED ACADEMIC HONORS & AWARDS

  • Recipient of Faculty Recognition Award in Teaching, Lehman College, CUNY, 2010
  • Nominated for Excellence in Teaching Awards, Lehman College, 2007 & 2008
  • Nominated for the Annual Distinguished Teacher Award, Temple University, 1997 
  • Alpha Kappa Delta, International Honor Society Inductee
  • University of Maryland scholarship award for PhD program
  • University of Texas scholarship award for MA program

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Language proficiencies

  • English - Native fluency & high proficiency
  • Persian/Farsi - Native speaker, proficiency in reading, writing, speaking & translating
  • French - Limited proficiency
  • Arabic - Limited proficiency
  • Proficient in Social Science software programming languages such as SAS & SPSS


Professional Memberships