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Mahbubeh Moqadam

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Contact Information

Room 3059, Lincoln Hall
702 S.Wright Street
Urbana, IL 61801
Graduate Research Assistant


I am a third-year Ph.D. student in Sociology. While in Iran pursuing a master's degree in Gender Studies, I worked as the senior assistant with the Women's Worlds in Qajar Iran project ( ), a digital archive hosted at Harvard University. Before arriving in the US, I did some graduate studies in Turkey at Middle East Technical University (METU) and Ankara University. There, my research was centered around transnational feminist solidarities. In Turkey, I also collaborated with the United Nations (UN) on their projects related to LGBTQI refugees in Turkey. I earned a Master’s in Sociology from Maxwell School and advanced certification in Gender Studies from Syracuse University. While there, I had the opportunity to work with the Feminist Freedom Warriors (FFW) project ( ), which is a digital project hosted at Syracuse University, Department of Women and Gender Studies.




Research Interests

I work on diverse and intersectional topics, including feminist movements in the Middle East and the genealogy of women’s rights movements in Iran, using digital technology to analyze various available archives. My current research interests are informed by my extensive work in social movements in Iran and Turkey, leading me to my project, which is focused on studying various aspects of the current social movements with a focus on the youth and women.

Courses Taught

University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

Introduction to Sociology (leading sections)- Spring 2022-23

Ranked as outstanding by the students

Introduction to Sociology (leading sections)- Fall 2022-23 

Ranked as excellent by the students

Syracuse University- Maxwell School

Sociological Theories-  Spring 2020-21

Ranked as excellent by the students