Director's Speaker Series
"Women and Gender after the Arab Spring: Promises and Perils of Democratization"
Friday, October 12, 2012
Mershon Center for International Security Studies
1501 Neil Ave., Columbus, OH 43201
Valentine M. Moghadam is Professor of Sociology and Director of the International Affairs Program at Northeastern University, Boston, which she joined in January 2012. Her current areas of research include globalization, transnational social movements and networks, economic citizenship, and gender and development in the Middle East and North Africa.
Previously she has been a professor of sociology and director of women’s studies at Purdue University and Illinois State University; a section chief at UNESCO in Paris, leading policy-oriented research on gender equality and development in the Social and Human Sciences Sector; and a senior researcher at the United Nations University’s WIDER Institute in Helsinki, Finland, where she coordinated the research program on women and development.
Among her many publications, Moghadam is author of Modernizing Women: Gender and Social Change in the Middle East (first published 1993; second edition 2003; updated third edition expected in 2013); Women, Work and Economic Reform in the Middle East and North Africa (1998); Globalizing Women: Transnational Feminist Networks (2005), which won the American Political Science Association’s Victoria Schuck award for best book on women and politics for 2005; and Globalization and Social Movements: Islamism, Feminism, and the Global Justice Movement (2009, updated second edition Fall 2012). She has edited seven books, most recently Making Globalization Work for Women: The Role of Social Rights and Trade Union Leadership (2011). With Professor Massoud Karshenas, she is co-editor of Social Policy in the Middle East: Economic, Political, and Gender Dynamics (2005).
Moghadam lectures widely, is active in a number of professional associations and research networks, has formed and led research teams, and has been a consultant to international organizations on women, work, citizenship, and economic conditions in the Middle East.
Born in Tehran, Iran, Professor Moghadam received her higher education in Canada and the U.S.
The Arab Spring is still unfolding, as is the direction of change, and outcomes may be different for violent and nonviolent uprisings. This presentation will focus on three early cases of the Arab Spring – Tunisia, Egypt, and Morocco – to discuss causes and likely outcomes, gender dynamics, and prospects for successful democratic transitions. A comparative and international perspective will highlight similarities and differences across the Arab cases and between the Arab Spring and other “democracy waves."