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