Afsaneh Najmabadi

Afsaneh Najmabadi

Francis Lee Higginson Professor of History and of Studies of Women, Gender, and Sexuality
Afsaneh Najmabadi

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Afsaneh Najmabadi is the Francis Lee Higginson Professor of History and of Studies of Women, Gender, and Sexuality at Harvard University. Her book, Women with Mustaches and Men without Beards: Gender and Sexual Anxieties of Iranian Modernity (Berkeley: University of California Press, 2005), received the 2005 Joan Kelly Memorial Prize from the American Historical Association. With Kathryn Babayan, she co-edited Islamicate Sexualities: Translations across Temporal Geographies of Desire (Cambridge: Harvard University Press, Middle Eastern Monographs, 2008). Her latest book, Professing Selves: Transsexuality and Same-Sex Desire in Contemporary Iran (Duke University Press, 2014) was a finalist for Lambda Literary Award in 2014, received the 2014 Joan Kelly prize from the American Historical Association for best book in women’s history and feminist theory, and was a co-winner of 2015 John Boswell prize, LBGT History, American Historical Association. A recent book conversation on New Books in Islamic Studies features this book: http://newbooksinislamicstudies.com/2015/12/30/afaneh-najmabadi-professing-selves-transsexuality-and-same-sex-desire-in-contemporary-iran-duke-up-2013/

Najmabadi leads a digital archive and website, Women’s Worlds in Qajar Iran (www.qajarwomen.org). The project has been awarded three two-year grants from the National Endowment for the Humanities, and was recognized by the White House Office of Public Engagement in May of 2012.

Curriculum vitae

Selected Publications

  • Islamicate Sexualities: Translations across Temporal Geographies of Desire. Co-edited with Kathryn Babayan. Cambridge: Harvard University Press, Middle Eastern Monographs (2008)
  • "Beyond the Americas: Are Gender and Sexuality Useful Categories of Historical Analysis?" in Journal of Womens History 18: 1 (spring 2006): 11-21.
  • Women with Mustaches and Men without Beards: Gender and Sexual Anxieties of Iranian Modernity Berkeley: University of California Press (2005)
  • Encyclopedia of Women and Islamic Cultures Associate Editor, a multi-volume project, E. J. Brill (2003-)
  • The Story of Daughters of Quchan: Gender and National Memory in Iranian History Syracuse: Syracuse University Press (1998)

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Boylston Hall
Ground Floor G-33
Cambridge, MA 02138
p: 617-496-7460

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