Faculty Profiles

Neda Bolourchi

Neda Bolourchi

Middle Eastern Studies Program/ Postdoctoral Associate

Ph.D. Department of Middle Eastern, South Asian, and African Studies, Columbia University

J.D. in International Law , Politics, and Human Rights, American University

B.A. in History, Emory University

Telephone: (848) 445-8444

Email: neda.bolourchi@rutgers.edu




Research Interests

Minorities in the Middle East, Intellectual History of Modern Iran, Theories and Practices of Nationalism, Political Theology, Shi'ism, Laws of Islamic Warfare, Middle East Geo-Politics


Neda Bolourchi a Post-Doctoral Assistant Professor of Middle Eastern Studies at Rutgers University-New Brunswick. She is an interdisciplinary scholar deeply engaged in legal, ethnographic, and archival theory and methodology. She currently is completing the book manuscript of her dissertation, Contending Visions of Iran: The Battle for the Sacred Nation-State, as well as an oral history project. Both examine the transformative discourse on and about Iran as sacred across the political and religious spectra during the twentieth century. Neda's work has been supported with multiple fellowships by the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, among others.

She is published in peer-reviewed journals and edited volumes on religion, politics, legal systems, the modern Middle East, and the Iran-Iraq War. Also, her work has appeared in a variety of Jane's publications, Congressional Quarterly's Political Handbook of the World, Praeger Security International, and the Atlantic Council's Iran Source, among others. She has provided analysis and commentary to Washington, D.C. think-tanks as well as the BBC, al-Jazeera, and others.