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
GEOG 3672 - Gender and the Global Economy
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
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
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.