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, revolution, 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, colonialism and decolonization, 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 Incarcerated Modern: Prisons and Public Life in Iran, Stanford University Press

  • "Iran's Football Team Has Already Won," The New York Times, November 24, 2022

  • "From Fallen Women to Citizen Mothers: Gendered Carcerality in Pahlavi Iran," in Roundtable on Women and Crime in the Modern Middle East, ed. Nefertiti Takla and Gulhan Balsoy, International Journal of Middle East Studies, Vol 54, no. 1 (Feb 2022): 166-73.

  • "The Criminal is the Patient, the Prison Will Be the Cure: Building the Carceral Imaginary in Modern Iran," In Global 1979. Arang Keshavarzian and Ali Mirsepassi, eds. (Cambridge University Press), 297-327.

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