As one of the few American correspondents allowed to work continuously in Iran since 1999, Azadeh Moaveni has reported widely on women's rights, Islamic reform and youth culture. She discusses her personal experiences living and working in Iran, including how, after facing the threat of arrest, she fled the country to protect her family's safety.
Professor Gerami joined the Social Science faculty as the Coordinator of Women's Studies in Fall of 2006. She brings to the program years of experience in global feminist activism, critical gender research, and a passion for teaching.
Professor Gerami holds a law degree from the University of Tehran and practiced law in Iran prior to the Islamic revolution. She earned a Ph.D. in sociology from the University of Oklahoma in 1983, and most recently taught at Missouri State University at Springfield and coordinated the Gender Studies' program there. She has won various teaching and research awards, and has been active in many local and international organizations.
Azadeh Moaveni grew up in California, her parents having left Iran in 1976, three years before the Islamic revolution. The unresolved tension she felt between her cultural identity as an Iranian and an American led her to go to Iran as a journalist.
For two years she wrote about Iran for Time, finding a complex and varied reality. Her stay was bracketed by the pro-democracy student demonstrations of 1999 and President Bush's "axis of evil" speech in 2001, after which the government clamped down hard on dissent and on journalists. She was compelled to leave in fear for her safety.
Her book Lipstick Jihad: A Memoir of Growing up Iranian in America and American in Iran is the account of Moaveni's time in Iran, and of her quest to better understand her cultural identity.
Iranian-American journalist Azadeh Moaveni discusses Mahmoud Ahmadinejad's unlikely rise to power in Iran, running a campaign built on change. Promising a higher standard of living for the common person, Ahmadinejad appealed to younger Iranians, says Moaveni.