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 or bilingual proficiency

Persian/Farsi - Native or bilingual proficiency

French - Limited work proficiency


Professional Memberships

International Studies Association - www.ISAnet.org
Canadian Association for the Study of International Development - www.casid-acedi.ca
Middle East Studies Association - www.MESA.Arizona.edu 
Association for Middle East Women's Studies - www.AMEWS.org 
British Society for Middle Eastern Studies (BRISMES) - http://www.brismes.ac.uk/

Italian Political Science Association/Società Italiana di Scienza Politica: http://www.ipsa.org/profile/italian-political-science-association

American Sociological Association - www.ASAnet.org ​