Nayereh Tohidi

Professor and Founding Director, Middle Eastern and Islamic Studies

Region(s): Middle East
Country of focus: Iran
Based in Northridge


Current Occupation: Professor and Founding Director, Middle Eastern and Islamic Studies
Organization/Institution: California State University
Language: English, Persian

Nayereh Tohidi (@NTohidi) is Professor and former chair of Gender & Women’s Studies and the founding director of Middle Eastern and Islamic Studies at California State University, Northridge. She is a Research Associate of Iranian Studies and the Center for Near Eastern Studies of UCLA. Her teaching and research expertise include gender and development, women’s movements, feminism and Islam, and ethnic issues and human rights in the MENA. She integrates her scholarship with transnational activism on human rights at large, and women’s rights in particular.

She is the recipient of several grants, fellowships and research awards, including a year of Fulbright lectureship and research at the Academy of Sciences of the Soviet Republic of Azerbaijan; universities of Harvard and Stanford, and Kennan Institute of the Woodrow Wilson Center.

Tohidi has published extensively, served as a consultant to the United Nations (UNICEF and UNDP), and represented women NGOs at both the third and fourth World Conferences on Women sponsored by the United Nations.