Gender, Women & Sexuality Stdy
224 Church St SE
Room 425 Ford Hall
- Book Launch at Princeton
- Google Scholar
- RELIGION AND THE GLOBAL REFRAMING OF GENDER VIOLENCE WORKING GROUP
- Iran Sanctions and COVID-19
- Anti-Black Racism in South West Asia and North Africa
- سیاهپوستان و هویت ایرانی
- Statement for a Feminist Foreign Policy to Confront the Coronavirus Pandemic
- Imagining Transnational Solidarities Research Circle
- Jadaliyya articles
- Politics of Rightful Killing-Duke University Press
- Whose Revolution?
- After Orlando
Sima Shakhsari is an associate professor in the Department of Gender, Women & Sexualities Studies. They are interested in transnational feminist theory, transnational sexuality studies, non-Eurocentric queer and transgender studies, Middle East studies, empire, militarism, neoliberal governmentality, biopolitics, digital media, refugees, diasporas, and political anthropology. They earned their PhD in Cultural and Social Anthropology at Stanford University and have held postdoctoral positions at the University of Pennsylvania’s Wolf Humanities Center and the Women’s and Gender Studies Department at the University of Houston. Shakhsari was an assistant professor of Gender, Women, and Sexuality Studies at Wellesley College before joining GWSS at UMN in 2016, and has a long history of activism at queer and women’s organizations in the San Francisco Bay Area. Their book, titled Politics of Rightful Killing: Civil Society, Gender, and Sexuality in Weblogistan (Duke University Press, 2020), provides an analysis of Weblogistan as a site of cybergovernmentality where simultaneously national and neoliberal gendered subjectivities are produced through online and offline heteronormative disciplining and normalizing techniques, and where loaned life is subjected to a pending death in the name of rights. Shakhsari is currently working on their second book manuscript, tentatively titled “Moving Queers & Queer Moves: Deterritorialization and Loaned Life.” The project combines ethnographic research among Iranian queer and transgender refugees and refugee rights organizations with the analyses of queer diasporic literature, films, theater, and activist organizations to extend the concept of loaned life and explore the way that Iranian transgender refugees are nationalized/denationalized, sexed, gendered, and raced in multiple re-territorializations as they shuttle between rightfulness and rightlessness, and as they transition from the naturalized domains of sexuality and citizenship to zones of indeterminacy. Shakhsari is the anthropology, sociology, and gender studies book review editor of the International Journal of Middle East Studies, an editorial collective member of AGITATE!, an editorial team member of MERIP. and a co-convener of the Imagining Transnational Solidarities Research Circle.