Afsaneh Najmabadi

Afsaneh Najmabadi

Professor of Studies of Women, Gender, and Sexuality
Francis Lee Higginson Professor of History
(on leave 2016-17)
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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, 2013) was a finalist for Lambda Literary Award in 2014.

Najmabadi leads a digital archive and website, Women’s Worlds in Qajar Iran. The project was recently awarded its third two-year grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities, and it was recognized by the White House Office of Public Engagement in May of 2012.

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Boylston Hall G33
5 Harvard Yard
Cambridge, MA 02138
p: 617-496-7460

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