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Fakhrolmolouk Haghani

Fakhri HaghaniOffice: Lucy Stone Hall B-304 
Office Hours: Fall 2014 – T 3:30-4:30 and by appointment
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Professor Fakhri Haghani teaches comparative and transnational history of the Islamic, Middle Eastern, and Iranian cultures at Rutgers. She has taught courses with wide-ranging scopes in methodologies, key theoretical debates and issues of representation and identity in pre-modern and modern West Asia and North Africa. Dr. Haghani has embraced the idea of borders, as fluid, flexible, and nomadic (between languages, identities, cultures, and disciplines) as the thematic framework both of her research and teaching philosophies. Her research interests explore the intersection of gender, aesthetics, critical theory, popular culture, politics, and social and intellectual history of modernism, secularism, and liberalism from the standpoint of visual cultures, shaped by post-colonial discourses.

Dr. Haghani has also served as a co-chair and a co-founding member of the Human Rights Atlanta, an activist branch of the Centre for Human Rights Education in Atlanta, committed to providing and promoting human rights education as a framework for social change in regard to the contested issues of immigration, race, and ethnic diversity within the United States. Dr. Haghani has an eclectic educational formation, studying between Europe, Middle East, and the US. She holds an advanced degree in Art History from Facolta di Magistero at University of Rome (Sapienza) in Italy, M.A. in Women's Studies and a Ph.D in History from Georgia State University.

Professor Haghani is working on a book manuscript which traces the historical roots of the emergence of the "new woman" in Egypt and Iran, as an interlocutor of a visual public sphere, and as symbols, carriers and actors for continuity and change present both in discourses and practices about the nation, social justice, and liberal modernity, highly incited by the experience of the 2009 Iranian uprising and the 2011 Egyptian revolution in the making. Her field research in Egypt and Iran has been funded by the American Research Center in Egypt and the Council of American Overseas Research Center.


  • Institute for Research on Women Fellowship on "Feminist Optics: Gender and Visual Studies," Rutgers University, 2014-2015
  • Faculty Ambassador Program (American University in Cairo, Egypt), The Center for Global Advancement and International Affairs, Rutgers University, March 2013
  • American Research Center in Egypt, 2004/05 Research Fellowship
  • The Council of American Overseas Research Center, Multi-Country Research Fellowship Program, 2004/05

Her most recent publications include:

"Egyptian Women, Revolution, and the Making of a Visual Public Sphere," Journal for Cultural Research, (Taylor & Francis), forthcoming 2015 Issue.

"Angles of Representation: Photography and the Vision of al Misriyya (the Egyptian) in Women's Press of the Early Twentieth Century," Writing Through the Visual and Virtual: Inscribing Language, Literature, and Culture in Francophone Africa and the Caribbean, (Lexington Books), forthcoming Spring 2015.

"Shahr Ray va Ziyaratgah-e Hazrat-e Shah Abdolazim: Tarikh-e Dini va Donyavi, (City of Ray and the Shrine of Shah Abdolazim: The Secular and Sacred History" Farhang va Ensan (Culture and Human Being), Vol. 7:2, Fall & Winter 2011: 41-56 (in English and Persian).

"The 'New Woman' of the Interwar Period: Gender, Identity, and Performance in Egypt and Iran," Al-Raida, Summer/Fall 2008.

"Tajjali Mafhoum-e Zan-e Emrouzi ba Qamar al-Molouk Vaziri dar Iran wa Munira al-Mahdiyya dar Mesr (Manifestation of the "New Woman" with Qamar al-Molouk Vaziri in Iran and Munira al-Mahdiyya in Egypt)," Café Moann'as, Madreseh Feministi (The Feminist School), 3 August 2008, (in Persian). www.femschool.com

"Women, Gender, and Identity Politics in Iran and Afghanistan," The Encyclopedia of Women and Islamic Cultures (EWIC), Volume II, (Brill Publishers), Spring 2005.

Courses Taught for MESP at Rutgers:

Introduction to Modern Middle East
History and Representation: A Cultural Study of Iran
Revolutions and Empires in the Middle East and North Africa
Senior Seminar on Gender, Sexuality and Women's Rights Movements for Social Justice in the Muslim World (Cross Listed with WGS)
Contemporary Iranian Cinema: Major Themes, Theories, and Discourses
Middle East and North Africa: A Cinematic Study (Cross Listed with Cinema Studies)

Byrne Seminar Courses Taught at Rutgers:

Cinema is Life: Learning Global Issues Through Film
What Does it Mean to be Young in the Middle East and North Africa
The Impact and Reach of Visual Culture: A Trans-national Approach
The Politics of Visual Culture in/about the Middle East and Beyond

Language Course Taught for AMESALL at Rutgers (Department of African, Middle
Eastern, and South Asian Languages and Literatures)

Intermediate Persian I & II



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