Dr. Elhum Haghighat


Associate to Full Professor (since 2010) & Chair (2010-13 & 2016-present)
Department of Political Science, Lehman College, City University of New York

Graduate Center – City University of New York (since 2015)
Faculty member - Middle East & Middle Eastern Center (MEMEAC)

Graduate Center – City University of New York (since 2002)
Faculty affiliate – Middle East & Middle Eastern American Center (MEMEAC)

2001-2010 - Assistant to Associate Professor (tenure track)
Department of Sociology (formerly Sociology & Social Work)
Lehman College, City University of New York

2000-01- Visiting Assistant Professor
Department of Sociology & Anthropology
Bucknell University, Lewisburg, Pennsylvania

1997-2000 - Senior Research Scientist & Policy Analyst (consultant to Vice President Dr. Anthony Carnevale)
Educational Testing Service, Executive Office of Public Leadership, Washington, DC

1996-97 - Visiting Assistant Professor
Department of Sociology & Affiliated Professor, Women’s Studies Program
Temple University, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

1989-91 & 1994-96 -Graduate Teaching Fellow & Adjunct Lecturer
Department of Sociology & Maryland Population Research Center
University of Maryland, College Park 

1992-94 - Research Associate/Project Consultant (consultant to Prof. Kurt Finsterbusch & Dr. Deepa Narayan), The World Bank, Division of Infrastructure & Urban Development
Washington, DC

1990-92 - Research Associate (Consultant to Dr. B. Lindsay Lowell & Dr. Richard Fry)
U.S. Department of Labor, Division of Immigration & Labor
Washington, DC


Ph.D. - University of Maryland, College Park - Sociology & Maryland Population Research Center - MPRC (with specialization in Demography, Development, Gender & Quantitative Methodology)

M.A. - University of Texas, Arlington - Sociology (with concentration in Political Sociology & Social Psychology)

B.A. - Rutgers College (Rutgers University) - Sociology & French


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 Inductee


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/
American Sociological Association - www.ASAnet.org ​