Book Series Co-Editor
Sex, Marriage and Culture in the Middle East. Co-Editor with Janet Afary. Bloomsbury.

Special Issues, Edited
Iranian Minority Literary Women. In International Journal of Persian Literature. Co-Editor with Nasrin Rahimieh, 2019.

Literary Diasporas of Iran. In Iran-Namag: A Bilingual Quarterly of Iranian Studies. Co-Editor with Asghar Seyed-Gohrab, 2021.

Edited Volume(s)



The #MeToo Movement in Iran: Reporting Sexual Violence and Harassment. edited Volume. Sex, Marriage and the Family in the Middle East series. London: IB Tauris/Bloomsbury Press, September 21, 2023.





Transnational Culture in the Iranian Armenian Diaspora. Islamic and Middle Eastern Studies: Diaspora and Transnationalism Series. Edinburgh: Edinburgh University Press, 2023. 335798698_157619726797635_1642173066285676145_n

Temporary Marriage in Iran: Gender and Body Politics in Modern Persian Literature and Film. Global Middle East Series. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press,  2020.


Subjectivity in ʿAttar, Persian Sufism, and European Mysticism. Purdue University Press, Comparative Culture Studies Series, 2017.




Fardiyat dar ‘Attar (Subjectivity in ʿAttar, Persian Sufism, and European Mysticism). translated by Arash Khoshsafa. London: Mehri Publication, 2020.


Peer-Reviewed Journal Articles

“Iranian Armenian Poetry: Sonia Balassanian Crossing Borders of Consciousness.” Women Poets Iranica. Encyclopedia Iranica Foundation, December 2022.

“Seyr-e tahavol-e gofteman-e jensiati dar Iran-e modern.” (The Evolution of Gender Discourse in Modern Iran). Freedom of Thought Journal 11. 1 (2022): 77-90. (in Persian)

“Multiple Consciousness and Transnationalism in Iranian Armenian Cultural Productions,” Middle East Critique 31. 1 (2022): 81-97.

“Racial Profiling of Armenian Iranians in the U.S.: Omid Fallahazad’s ‘Citizen Vartgez’.” Iran-Namag: A Bilingual Quarterly of Iranian Studies. Literary Diasporas of Iran Special Issue 6. 2 (2021): 154-172.

“Introduction.” Coauthored with Asghar Seyed-Gohrab. Iran-Namag: A Bilingual Quarterly of Iranian Studies. Literary Diasporas of Iran Special Issue 6. 2 (2021): 4-12.

“The Significance of Armenian Language in Iranian Armenian Diasporic Literature.” The Doha Institute Ar​ab Center for Research and Policy Studies (Sept. 2021): 1-6.

“Over 40 Years of Resisting the Compulsory Veiling: Relating Literary Narratives to Text-Based Protests to Cyberactivism.” Journal of Middle East Women’s Studies 17. 2 (July 2021): 220-239.

“Zulaikha’s Displaced Desire in Jami’s ‘Yusuf va Zulaikha’,” Journal of Islamic and Muslim Studies 4.2 (Nov. 2019): 62-77.

“The Fluidity of Iranian-Armenian Identity in Zoya Pirzad’s Things We Left Unsaid.” International Journal of Persian Literature. Iranian Minority Women Special Issue 4. 1 (November 2019): 103-120.

“Introduction.” Coauthored with Nasrin Rahimieh. International Journal of Persian Literature. Iranian Minority Women Special Issue 4. 1 (November 2019): 3-7.

“Breaking the Silences about Non-hetero Female Sexuality via Blogging in Iran: ‘The ‘not-woman, not-man’ in Saghi Ghahraman’s Poetry.” Journal of Homosexuality. (September 2019)

“Selseleh marateb-e mardanegi va mardan-e hamjensgara dar Iran.” (The Hierarchy of Masculinities and Male Homosexuality in Iran). Journal of Freedom of Thought-Iran 7. 1 (August 2019): 193-219. (in Persian)

“Pirzad’s Diasporic Transnational Subjects in ‘A Day Before Easter’.” International Journal of Persian Literature, Issue 3 (2018): 110-132.

“Mapping Out Socio-Cultural Decadence on the Female Body: Sadeq Chubak’s Gowhar in Sange-e Sabur.” Frontier: A Journal of Women’s Studies, Mapping Gendered Violence Special Issue 39. 2 (2018): 206-232.

“The Abject Outsider: “The Story of Two Gay Men.” Journal of Iran Namag, Iranian Men and Masculinities Special Issue 3. 1 (spring 2018): 164-188.

Socially Peripheral, Symbolically Central: Sima in Behrouz Afkhami’s Showkaran. A special Issue of Iranian Cinema in Journal of Asian Cinema 27.2 (Fall 2016): 151-163.

Yusuf’s “Queer” Beauty in Persian Cultural Productions. The Comparatist 40. 1 (October 2016): 245-266.

Sexual Trauma and Spiritual Experience: Rabi’a al-‘A’dawiyya and Margery Kempe. Persian Literary Studies Journal 3. 4 (2014): 73-92.

Subjectivity in ‘Attar’s Shaykh San’an Story in Conference of the Birds. CLCWeb: Comparative Literature and Culture 16/1 (March 2014): 1-9 (single-spaced). <>             

Hamzisti dar Asar-e ‘Attar (Co-existence in ‘Attar’s Works). Rahavard Persian/English Journal of Iranian Studies 105: (January 2014): 142-152. (in Persian)

Against the Current: Farid al-Din ‘Attar’s Diverse Voices. Persian Literary Studies Journal 1. 1 (autumn 2012): 87-109. 
*Awarded The Jafar and Shokoh Farzaneh Paper Prize in Persian Literature and Culture, South Central Modern Language Association

Book Chapters
Shifting Sexual Ideology and Women’s Responses: Iran Between 1850-2010. Homa Hoodfar and Anissa Lucas-Helie, eds. Sexuality in Muslim Contexts: Restrictions and Resistance, Zed Books, 2012, pp. 52-80.

“Neveshtehay-e Gheir-e Dastani-e Khalagh.” A Persian translation of Rita Berman’s “Creative Nonfiction Writing.” Avalin Ketab-e Neveshtan, 2002.

Book Reviews

Review of Under the Skin: Feminist Art and Art Histories from the Middle East and North Africa Today edited by Ceren Özpınar and Mary Kelly. Women’s Art Journal 42. 2 (2021) 51-3.

Review of From Miniskirt to Hijab: A Girl in Revolutionary Iran by Jacqueline Saper. Reading Religion: A Publication of the American Academy of Religion, March 2021.

Review of The Persian Whitman by Behnam Fomeshi. Amerikastudien / American Studies Journal 65. 2 (2020): 247-8.

Review of The Poetics and Politics of The Veil in Iran: An Archival and Photographic Adventure by Azadeh Fatehrad, Journal of Iranian Studies 53. 5/6 (2020): 1029-1032.

Review of Moments of Silence: Authenticity in the Cultural Expressions of the Iran-Iraq War by Ata Khakpour, Mohammad Mehdi Khorrami, and Shouleh Vatanabadi. Review of Middle East Studies 51. 2 (2017): 298-300.

Review of Nasrin Rahimieh. Iranian Culture: Representation and Identity, N.Y.: Routledge, 2016. 155 pp. Society for Contemporary Thought and Islamicate Thought (2016).

Review of Roksana Bahramitash. Gender and Entrepreneurship in Iran: Microenterprise and Informal Sectors, Palgrave McMillan Publishers, 2013. 236 pp. Review of Middle East Studies (2015).

Review of Yvonne Yazbeck Haddad et al. Muslim Women in America: The Challenge of Islamic Identity Today, Oxford, N.Y.: Oxford University Press. 2011. 192 pp. Review of Middle East Studies (2012).

Review of Tara Willimas. Inventing Womanhood: Gender and Language in Later Middle English Writing, Ohio: Ohio State University Press. 2011. 288 pp. Comitatus: Journal of Medieval and Renaissance Studies (2012).

Review of Arzoo Osanloo. The Politics of Women’s Rights in Iran, New Jersey: Princeton University Press. 2009. 280 pp. Comparative Studies of South Asia, Africa and the Middle East (2012).

Review of Margot Badran. Feminism in Islam: Secular and Religious Convergences, Oxford: OneWorld Publications. 2009. 368 pp. International Journal of Middle East Studies (2011).