Kristin Soraya Batmanghelichi

Associate Professor - Middle East Studies
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Visiting address Niels Henrik Abels vei 36 P. A. Munchs hus 0371 OSLO
Postal address Postboks 1010 Blindern 0315 OSLO

Academic interests

Iranian studies; Gender and Sexuality; Women's Movements; Cyberactivism and Counterpublics; Political Islam; Politics of class, sex, and race; Postcolonial and Feminist Theory; Subaltern Studies

Higher education and employment history

Dr. Kristin Soraya Batmanghelichi is a women's activist and feminist scholar. In 2013, she earned a PhD in Iranian Studies from the Department of Middle Eastern, South Asian and African Studies at Columbia University in New York City, where she also completed two Master's degrees in Human Rights and Middle Eastern Studies in 2004 and 2007, respectively. In New York, she is an Associate Faculty member at the Brooklyn Institute for Social Research, where she teaches on feminism and empire, sexuality, Gayatri Spivak's corpus, and political Islam. Before arriving in Oslo, from 2016-2017 she was a postdoctoral research fellow at the Institute of Religion, Culture and Public Life (IRCPL) at Columbia University, where she will continue to be affiliated as Senior Research Scholar. From 2014-2016, she held a visiting lectureship at Leiden University Institute for Area Studies in the Netherlands and has previously taught for the WEB DuBois Scholar's Institute at Princeton University. She has also interned at UNIFEM, The Economist Intelligence Unit, and other NGOs in New York and Tehran. 

Her research focuses on contemporary women's movements, sexuality, and gendered public space in Iran and the modern Middle East. She recently co-organized and managed two international conference series on populism and pluralism (2017-2019) that took place in Amman, Tunis, Paris, and New York with the IRCPL and the University of Groningen. She has presented her work at many conferences in the United States, Europe and the Middle East. Recent publications on sexuality, government morality, cyberfeminism, and women's activism in Iran can be found in the  Journal of Anthropology of the Middle East, Gender and sexualities in Muslim Cultures, Feminist Media Histories Journal,  and the  Journal of the Society for Contemporary Thought And The Islamicate World. 

Awards, Fellowships, and Grants

  • President's Global Innovation Fund 2017, "Religion & the Rise of Populisms: Difference, Dissent, and Tolerance," Institute for Religion, Culture and Public Life, Columbia University

  • Whiting Foundation Dissertation Fellowship 2011-2012

  • Columbia University Graduate School of Arts and Science Jackson Fellowship 2008-09

  • US Department of Education Foreign Language and Area Studies Summer Fellowship 2006

  • Columbia University, Middle East, South Asian, and African Studies Department Summer Travel & Research Fellowship 2005, 2007-11

  • Houtan Foundation Scholarship 2005

Tags: Middle East, CIMS, SIMS, Middle East and North Africa (MENA), Iran, Gender and sexuality, Gender and Feminist Studies, Gender Theory, Political Islam


  • Revolutionary Bodies: Regulating Sex and Gender in Contemporary Iran, "Suspension Series," Bloomsbury Press, forthcoming Winter 2018.
  • "A Letter to Foucault: Selectively Narrating the Stories of Secular Iranian Feminists," Journal of the Society for Contemporary Thought and the Islamicate World (SCTIW) Review , Foucault in Iran Book Symposium. 6th April 2017.
  • Co-author with Leila Mouri, "Cyberfeminism, Iranian Style: Online Feminism in Post-2009 Iran," Feminist Media Histories Journal 3: 1 (Winter 2017): pp. 50-80.
  • "Women and Sexuality in Contemporary Iran: When HIV Meets Government Morality," Journal of Anthropology of the Middle East , Special Edition: Sexuality, Culture and Public Politics in the Middle East, 9: 2 (2015).
  • "Red Lights in Parks: A Social History of Park-e Razi ," in Divercities: Competing Narratives and Urban Practices in Beirut, Cairo and Tehran , eds. Nadia von Maltzahn and Monique Bellan. Institute Orient Beirut, OIS 3 (2015).
  • Co-author with Leila Mouri, "Can the Secular Iranian Women's Activist Speak ?: Caught between Political Power and the 'Islamic Feminist' 'in Gender and Sexuality in Muslim Cultures , Ed. Yellow Ozyegin. London: Ashgate Press, 2015.
  • Co-author with Tahereh Mirsardoo, " Gender and Reduction of Poverty in Iran ." International Journal of Social Sciences 1, no. 2 (2011): 83-88.
  • Batmanghelichi (penname Soraya Ahangar), "The Tehran Public Prosecutor and the Rule of Law in Post-Election Iran," Muftah Online Magazine,, May 2010. -and-the-rule-of-law-in-post-election-iran-by-soraya-Ahangar / #. WYo4r9OGP2Q. 
  • Editor, The Holy Quran's Attitude towards Women's Presence in the History of the Prophets , Monir Gorgi.Trans. Saeid Nouri. Tehran: Institute for Women's Studies and Research, 2008.
  • Co-translator with Hani Mansourian, Mohsen Kadivar paper, "Religious Intellectualism and Women's Rights," 2009.
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