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Ranjbar, A. Marie

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research overview

  • My research integrates work in feminist political geography with scholarship, both within and beyond the discipline of geography, on critical human rights, environmental justice, and decolonial and postcolonial feminist theory. Since 2012, I have conducted research in Iran where I examine evolving relationships between social justice movements, international institutions, and global civil society. I am particularly interested in how economic sanctions – which are often justified through the language of human rights – can limit the space of political speech and paradoxically worsen human rights conditions in Iran. My current project examines the political conditions that make it challenging for Iranian citizens to speak openly about human rights and how activists strategically frame rights narratives as a means of political mobilization, both locally and transnationally.


  • Feminist political geography, critical human rights, decolonial and postcolonial feminist theory, social movements, Iran


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courses taught

  • GEOG 2092 - Advanced Introduction to Human Geography
    Primary Instructor - Spring 2022
    Provides a rigorous introduction to key analytical concepts of human geography - place, space, scale, regions, nature, landscapes and territory - while giving an overview of topics addressed in subfields including economic geography, political geography, cultural geography and development geography. Specific topics may vary slightly from semester to semester but will likely include borders and migration, maps, tourism, climate change and the Anthropocene, geopolitical conflict, development, urbanization, nationalism, gender, race, inequality and identity.
  • GEOG 3672 - Gender and the Global Economy
    Primary Instructor - Spring 2021 / Spring 2022 / Summer 2023 / Spring 2024
    Examines the role of gender in global economy. Explores the impacts of colonialism and modern global economy on gender relations, with particular emphasis on Third World societies. Also focuses on related issues of population politics, environmental crisis, women's sexual exploitation, and women's social movements worldwide. Recommended prerequisite: GEOG 1962 or GEOG 1972 or GEOG 1982 or GEOG 1992 or GEOG 2092 or WGST 2000 or WGST 2600. Same as WGST 3672.
  • GEOG 3682 - Geography of International Development
    Primary Instructor - Fall 2019
    Compares and contrasts global characteristics and processes of development, emphasizing the developing countries of the world. Integrates theories of development, specific development topics, and case studies to explore the problems of development. Recommended prerequisite: GEOG 1962 or GEOG 1972 or GEOG 1982 or GEOG 1992 or GEOG 2092.
  • GEOG 3742 - Place, Power, and Contemporary Culture
    Primary Instructor - Spring 2020 / Fall 2020 / Spring 2021
    Examines the relationship between places, power, and the dynamics of culture. Explores how the globalization of economics, politics, and culture shapes cultural change. Looks at how place-based cultural politics both assist and resist processes of globalization. Recommended prerequisite: GEOG 1962 or GEOG 1982 or GEOG 1992 or GEOG 2092.
  • GEOG 4990 - Senior Thesis
    Primary Instructor - Spring 2022
    Offers thesis research under faculty supervision. May be repeated up to 6 total credit hours. Instructor consent required.
  • GEOG 6950 - Master's Thesis
    Primary Instructor - Fall 2022 / Spring 2023 / Summer 2023
    Instructor consent required.
  • WGST 3672 - Who Runs the World? Sex, Power, and Gender in Geography
    Primary Instructor - Spring 2022 / Summer 2023 / Spring 2024
    This course will examine how gender and sexuality is constructed locally, nationally, and globally, drawing on conversations about feminist pasts, presents, and futures. We will focus on how gender intersects with race, class, sexuality, ability, religion, ethnicity, and geopolitical location to structure the lived experiences of women across the globe. We will apply critical geographic perspectives to gender inequality, exploring the overlaps and differences in women�s and LGBTQ+ struggles as they are shaped by ongoing socio-cultural, political, and economic conditions globally. Recommended prerequisite: GEOG 1982 or GEOG 1992 or GEOG 2002 or GEOG 2412 or WGST 2000 or WGST 2600. Same as GEOG 3672.
  • WGST 4800 - Senior Colloquium in Feminist Studies
    Primary Instructor - Spring 2023 / Spring 2024
    Provides students with the opportunity to actively reflect on their education and to complete a research project that incorporates an interdisciplinary and feminist approach to the study of gender, class, race, ethnicity and sexuality. Offered each spring.


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