Golnar Nikpour

|Assistant Professor
Academic Appointments

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

Selected Publications

  • “The Criminal is the Patient, the Prison Will Be the Cure: Building the Carceral Imaginary in Modern Iran,” The Global 1979 Revolution. Arang Keshavarzian and Ali Mirsepassi, eds. Cambridge University Press.

  • “All Prisoners are Political Prisoners: Rethinking the Campaign to #FreeThemAll Beyond Borders and Beyond COVID 19,” Jadaliyya, https://www.jadaliyya.com/Details/40865/All-Prisoners-Are-Political-Pris...

  • “Is Abolition Global: Iran, Iranians and Prison Politics,” co-written with Naveed Mansouri and Omid Tofighian, Jadaliyya, https://www.jadaliyya.com/Details/41658/Is-Abolition-Global-Iran,-Irania...  

  • “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.

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