Prospects for Democracy in Iran: Assessing the Regime and the Opposition - Civil Society
A panel discussion about internet activism and the sexual revolution in Iran with Pardis Mahdavi and John Kelly. The panel is moderated by Abbas Milani.
John Kelly is the founder and chief scientist of Morningside Analytics, a firm specializing in social network analysis of global online media. John is also an affiliate of the Berkman Center on Organizational Innovation at Columbia University.
From 1999 to 2002, john co-directed the Interactive Design Lab at Columbia's Graduate School of Journalism. Prior to founding Morningside Analytics, eh applied his methods as a consultant for clients in Washington D.C. and New York. He is also active in academia, working with the Berkman Center on their Internet and Democracy project, as well as their Open Net Initiative.
Pardis Mahdavi has recently joined Pomona College as assistant professor of anthropology. Her research interest include sexuality, human rights, transnational feminism and public health in the context of changing global and political structures. Mahdavi has received outstanding research awards from the American Public Health Association, the Society for Medical Anthropology and the Society for Applied Anthropology. She is currently an editor for Rahavard Quarterly, a journal devoted to contemporary social issues in Iran and amongst the Iranian diaspora.
Abbas Milani is a research fellow and co-director of the Iran Democracy Project at the Hoover Institution. In addition, Dr. Milani is Director of the Iranian Studies Program at Stanford University and a visiting professor in the department of political science.
His expertise is U.S.-Iran relations, Iranian cultural, political, and security issues. Milani was a professor of history and political science and chair of the department at Notre Dame de Namur University and a research fellow at the Institute of International Studies at the University of California at Berkeley.
Milani was an assistant professor in the faculty of law and political science at Tehran University and a member of the board of directors of Tehran University's Center for International Studies from 1979 to 1987.
He was a research fellow at the Iranian Center for Social Research from 1977 to 1978 and an assistant professor at the National University of Iran from 1975 to 1977.