Dr. Elhum Haghighat

 Selected Academic Honors

  •  Recipient of Faculty Recognition Award in Teaching, School of Natural & Social Sciences, 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, Member 

​​Professional Memberships




Graduate Center | The City University of New York

March 2015-Present

Associate ProfessorMiddle Eastern Studies Program | Middle East & Middle Eastern American Center
Lehman College | The City University of New YorkJuly 2010- PresentAssociate ProfessorPolitical Science

Lehman College | The City University of New York

July 2010-July 2013 & July 2016- present 

Chair & Associate Professor

Political Science

Lehman College | The City University of New York


Assistant to Associate Professor

Sociology (previously Sociology & Social Work)

Bucknell University


Visiting Assistant Professor

Sociology & Anthropology

Educational Testing Service | Washington, DC

May 1997-June 2000

Senior Research Scientist

Executive Office of Public Leadership

Temple University, Philadelphia, PA


Visiting Assistant Professor

Sociology & Affiliated faculty with the Women’s Studies Program

University of Maryland, College Park

1989-91, 1994-96

Graduate Teaching Fellow & Adjunct Instructor


The World Bank | Washington, DC

June 1992-June 1994

Research Associate/ Project Consultant

Division of Infrastructure & Urban Development

U.S. Department of Labor | Washington, DC

June 1990-June 1992

Research Assistant to Associate

Division of Immigration & Labor


University of Maryland, College Park

Sociology (Concentration: Demography; Development; Gender, Work & Family; Population & Development; Quantitative Methodology)

Ph.D., 1996

University of Texas at Arlington
Sociology (Concentration: Political Sociology; Social Psychology)

M.A., 1985

Rutgers University, New Brunswick
Sociology & French Literature (double major)

B.A., 1983