Dissertation Awards


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 2014-Fall 2015. The second Mehrdad Mashayekhi Dissertation Award will be presented at the Opening Reception of the Eleventh AIS Biennial Conference August 2016 in Vienna, Austria. SUBMISSION DEADLINE IS DECEMBER 31, 2015.

The Mehrdad Mashayekhi Dissertation Award Committee

  • Professor Ali Akbar Mahdi California State University, Northridge
  • Professor Afshin Matin-Asgari California State University, Los Angeles
  • Professor Ali Mirsepassi New York University
  • Dr. Thomas M. Ricks Independent Scholar in the Social and Cultural History of Iran


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.