Dissertation Awards

THE MASHAYEKHI DISSERTATION AWARD

The Mehrdad Mashayekhi Dissertation Award is presented biannually to the author of an exceptional Ph.D. dissertation dealing with the broad themes of politics and the public sphere in Iran, written in Persian or English. Dissertations written in other languages are accepted, if they are accompanied with condensed translation of chapters into English or Persian. This award is established by the Mehrdad Mashayekhi Foundation in memory of his dedication to the cause of democracy and social justice in Iran. AIS is now calling for nominations for dissertations completed in Winter 2015-Fall 2017. The third Mehrdad Mashayekhi Dissertation Award will be presented at the Opening Reception of the twelfth AIS Biennial Conference August 2018 in Irvine, California. SUBMISSION DEADLINE IS FEBRUARY 28, 2018. All submissions should be done through the following link on AIS website (http://associationforiranianstudies.org/awards/bestDissertation). Any question regarding this award should be directed to the chair at aliakbar.mahdi@cusn.edu.

The Mehrdad Mashayekhi Dissertation Award Committee 2018

  • Professor Ali Akbar Mahdi (Chair), California State University, Northridge
  • Professor Afshin Matin-Asgari, California State University, Los Angeles
  • Dr. Nahid Siamdoust, Yale University
  • Professor Nayereh Tohidi, California State University, Northridge

 

2016 Winner

The Mehrdad Mashayekhi Dissertation Award (2016) was presented to Pouya Alimagham for his dissertation “Contesting the Iranian Revolution: The Green Uprising.” Submitted to the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, 2015.

 

Past Winners

  • The 2014 Mashayekhi Dissertation Award was presented to Nazanin Shahrokni (Postdoctoral Academy Scholar The Harvard Academy for International and Area Studies) for her thesis entitled "The State and the Paradox of Gender Segregation in Iran," submitted to the Department of Sociology at the University of California, Berkeley.
  • The first Honorable Mention goes to Eric Sander Lob’s dissertation entitled “An Institutional History of the Iranian Construction Jihad: From Inception to Institutionalization (1979-2011),” submitted to the Department of Near Eastern Studies at the Princeton University.
  • The second Honorable Mention belongs to Khadijeh (Nahid) Keshavarz for her dissertation entitled “Les Traces du Mouvement des Femmes en Iran (1989-2009): Luttes, Defis, Reussites,” submitted to the Department of Sociology at Ecoles des Hautes Etudes en Sciences Sociales.