Social Movements in Iran: Lessons for Activism



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What can we learn about how to act for change in our own communities by studying advocacy in other contexts? How do dominant narratives of other societies inhibit our ability to draw connections between those struggling to build more just, free societies across borders? Through the juxtaposition American perceptions of Iran against the reality of political struggle in Iran, Robert addresses these questions. The talk will highlight economic justice, environmental, and women's movements in Iran in the contemporary period and connect them to movements oriented around similar themes in the United States. Robert Asaadi is a Political Scientist teaching at Portland State University. He holds a Ph.D. from the University of Minnesota and works in the subfields of International Relations and Comparative Politics.

Asaadi's research and teaching interests include: Middle East and Iranian politics; International Relations theory; authoritarianism; and comparative social and political change.

His forthcoming book on Postrevolutionary Iran (with Lexington Books) explores the origin and evolution of Iran's political institutions. His research offers a valuable corrective to the absence of reliable, long-term data on Iranian public opinion in existing survey measures such as Arab Barometer and World Values Survey.

Asaadi has received multiple awards for his teaching, including most recently the Outstanding Teacher Award for the Department of International & Global Studies at Portland State University for the 2019-2020 academic year. He lives in Portland, Oregon with his wife and their dog.

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Environmental justice -- Iran, Gender expression -- Iran, Economics -- Iran


Comparative Politics | International Economics | Near and Middle Eastern Studies | Political Science | Social Justice


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