Afsaneh Najmabadi

Afsaneh Najmabadi

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

Courses Taught in Studies of Women, Gender, and Sexuality
CULTR&BLF 41 Gender, Islam, and Nation in the Middle East and North Africa
WOMGEN 98r Junior Tutorial: Research and Methods
WOMGEN 1210ft Feminist Theory as Critique
WOMGEN 1220 Harem Fictions: From Montesquieue to Mernissi
WOMGEN 1258 Friends with Benefits?
WOMGEN 1300 Approaches to Research and Writing in WGS
WOMGEN 1409 Transsexuality, Transgenderism, and the Rest
WOMGEN 1412 The Volatile Veil: Gender, Sexuality, and Islam
WOMGEN 1413 Friendship as a Way of Life

Contact Information

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