مدیر و مؤسّس:
Founder and Manager
The Iran Circle
After finishing his PhD at Boston University in 2017 and joining Harvard Medical School, Amin initiated the Iran Circle project with intellectual and operational support from local faculty and Iranian student associations. Since then, he has been hosting monthly sessions at Harvard and online webinars presenting research studies about Iran, in Farsi. Amin received his previous degrees in engineering and science from Shiraz University and Tehran Polytechnic. In parallel with formal education and work (as research scientist) in translational medicine, he has actively pursued his personal interest in humanities and social sciences, resulting in the formation and growth of this initiative. Amin is hoping to expand the Iran Circle's international activities, as a non-profit organization dedicated to creating useful intellectual and educational content for Iranians, toward the aim of sustainable socio-cultural development for Iran in the long term.
Associate Professor of Anthropology
Shahla Haeri has conducted research in Iran, Pakistan, and India, and has written extensively on religion, law, and gender dynamics in the Muslim world. She is the author of No Shame for the Sun: Lives of Professional Pakistani Women (Syracuse University Press in the United States, and Oxford University Press in Pakistan, 2004), and Law of Desire: Temporary Marriage, Mut’a, in Iran (1989, 1993). For further information about Prof. Haeri please see her academic webpage.
Houchang E. Chehabi
Professor of International Relations and History
Houchang Chehabi has taught at Harvard and has been a visiting professor at the University of St. Andrews, UCLA, and the Universidad Argentina de la Empresa. He has published two books, Iranian Politics and Religious Modernism: The Liberation Movement of Iran under the Shah and Khomeini (1990) and Distant Relations: Iran and Lebanon in the Last 500 Years (2006). He has also co-edited Politics, Society, and Democracy: Comparative Studies(1995); Sultanistic Regimes (1998); Iran’s Constitutional Revolution: Popular Politics, Cultural Transformations, and Transnational Connections (2010); and Iran and the Challenges of the Twenty-First Century: Essays in Honoour of Mohammad-Reza Djalili (2013).
Assistant Professor of Sociology and International Studies
Mohammad Ali Kadivar is an Assistant Professor of Sociology and International Studies. His work contributes to political and comparative-historical sociology by exploring the interaction between protest movements and democratization. Kadivar has examined both the internal organization, tactics, and perceptions of pro-democracy movements as well as their success or failure in gaining and sustaining democratic improvements. For further details, please see his academic webpage.
Associate Professor of Art Education, Art History and Media Studies
University of Massachusetts
Pamela Karimi is an architect and an architectural historian. She earned her PhD from the History, Theory & Criticism of Art and Architecture Program at MIT in 2009. Her primary field of specialization is art, architecture, and visual culture of the modern Middle East. Her second area of research is design and sustainability in North America. Before joining the Art History faculty at UMass Dartmouth, Dr. Karimi taught at Brandeis University, NYU, Wellesley College, and Lawrenceville School.
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