Golnar Nikpour

|Assistant Professor
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Assistant Professor of History

Golnar Nikpour is a scholar of modern Iranian political and intellectual history, with a particular interest in the history of law, incarceration, and rights. She holds a Ph.D. from Columbia University's department of Middle Eastern, South Asian, & African Studies. She teaches on an interdisciplinary set of topics including modern Middle Eastern and North African history, Iranian history, political theory, Islamic studies, critical prison studies, and women and gender studies.

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Carson 307
HB 6107


  • B.A. Barnard College
  • M.A. Columbia University
  • M.Phil. Columbia University
  • Ph. D. Columbia University

Selected Publications

  • “Claiming Human Rights: Iranian Political Prisoners and the Making of a Transnational Movement, 1963-1979.” Humanity: An International Journal of Human Rights, Humanitarianism, and Development 9, no. 3 (Winter 2018), 363-388.

  • “Drugs and Drug Policy in the Islamic Republic of Iran.” Brandeis University Crown Center for Middle East Studies Middle East Brief, no. 119 (June 2018): 1-7.

  • “Revolutionary Journeys, Revolutionary Practice: The Hajj Writings of Jalal Al-e Ahmad and Malcolm X.” Comparative Studies of South Asia, Africa, and the Middle East 34, no. 1 (2014): 67-85.