Professor of Gender & Women's Studies
Office: 628 Barrows Hall (Fall 2016 Office Hours: W 6:00 - 7:30pm)
Minoo Moallem received her MA and BA  from the University of Tehran and her PhD from Université de Montréal. She has also done postdoctoral studies at the University of California at Berkeley. She was the Chair of Gender and Women’s Studies Department at Berkeley from 2008-2010 and the Chair of Women’s Studies Department at San Francisco State University from 2001-2006.
Professor Moallem is the author of Between Warrior Brother and Veiled Sister. Islamic Fundamentalism and the Cultural Politics of Patriarchy in Iran, University of California Press, 2005, the co-editor (with Caren Kaplan and Norma Alarcon) of Between Woman and Nation: Nationalisms, Transnational Feminisms and The State, Duke University Press, 1999, and the guest editor of a special issue of Comparative Studies of South Asia, Africa and the Middle East on Iranian Immigrants, Exiles and Refugees. She has published in a number of feminist journals including Signs: Journal of Women in Culture and Society, Feminist Studies, Meridians: feminism, race, and transnationalism, Nimeye Digar, Documentation Sur La Recherche Feministe, and Journal of Feminist Studies of Religion. Trained as a sociologist, she writes on transnational and postcolonial feminist studies, religious nationalism and transnationalism, consumer culture, immigration and diaspora studies, Middle Eastern studies and Iranian cultural politics and diasporas.
Professor Moallem has recently ventured in digital media. Her digital project "Nation-on-the Move"(design by Eric Loyer) was published in Vectors. Journal of Culture and Technology in a Dynamic Vernacular (Special issue on Difference, Fall 2007).  She is currently working on a book manuscript entitled, “Nation as Transnational Commodity: The Mobile World of the Persian Carpet”. She is also working on a research project on material and visual cultures of religion, and a project on Iran-Iraq war movies and masculinity. 
  • Recent Lectures by Minoo Moallem
    Oct 19 2016 - 1:38pm

    Keynote Lectures

    • Keynote speaker at 'Roots and Routes: Movement, Mobility and Belonging Conference', University of British Columbia, Vancouver BC, May​ 2016​.
    • Keynote Speaker at ‘Interdisciplinary Innovations in the Study of Religion and Gender,’ Utrecht University, the Netherlands, February 2015.

    Invited Presentations and talks:

    • Paper on “War Movies and Fractured Notions of Masculinity” at Duke university in October 2015.
    • Presentation at 'Sexualities and Queer Imaginaries Conference' at Brown University.
    • Paper on "Iranian Studies Encountering Queer Studies", Tufts University, March 2016.
    • Presentation on "Islamic Nationalism and Transnationalism" for The Iranian Studies Program, Oklahoma University, April 2016. 
    • ​"Women and the Iranian Revolution of 1979", Summer ​Institute for ​Community ​College ​Teachers,​ International and ​Area Studies Institutes​,​ ​June 3, 2016, ​UC Berkeley. 

    Conference Panels:

    • ​P​aper on "The Empire of Merchandise" at CASAR conference in Beirut​, Lebanon​, January 2016.​

    Other​ panels:

    • ​Panel Chair, 'Fragmenting Empires', ​CASAR conference in Beirut​, Lebanon​, January 2016.
    • Presented and moderated a panel celebrating International Women's Day, International House, UC Berkeley, March 2015.
    • Panelist, 'Reporting Islam', International House, UC Berkeley, April 2016.​
    • Commentator​ for President's Postdoctoral Scholar Lila Sharif, "A Taste for Palestine", Center for Race and Gender's Thursday Forum Series, March 2016.
  • New Publications by Minoo Moallem
    Oct 19 2016 - 1:30pm
    • “Revisiting the Mostazaf and the Mostakbar,” in Feminist Futures, New edition, Zed Press.
      Contributors: John Foran; Jane Wambui Njagi; Anjali Prabhu; Akanksha Munshi-Kurian; Banu Subramaniam; Gauri Nandedkar; Priya Kurian; Debashish Munshi; Kum-Kum Bhavnani; Anna Tsing; Rachel Simon-Kumar; Raka Ray; Jan Nederveen Pieterse; Dana Collins; Peter Chua; David McKie; Joni Seager; Arturo Escobar; Wendy Harcourt; Light Carruyo; Minoo Moallem; Ming-yan Lai mylai; Linda Klouzal; Susanne Schech; Sangion Tui; Julie Shayne; Yvonne Underhill-Sem
    • Article​ entitled "The unintended consequences of equality within difference" published by Brown Journal of Public Affairs, fall 20​1​5.
  • Minoo Moallem at the CASAR Conference in January 2016
    Feb 17 2016 - 5:10pm

    CASAR Conference on Fragments of Empire After the American Century

    The Empire of Merchandise
    a paper by Professor Minoo Moallem

  • The unintended consequences of equality within difference
    Feb 17 2016 - 4:56pm

    Check out Professor Minoo Moallem's new essay entitled "The unintended consequences of equality within difference" published by Brown Journal of Public Affairs in February 2016. 

    In the aftermath of the Iranian revolution of 1979 and with the circula- tion of the liberal discourse of equality by both women’s groups and human rights advocates that participated in the Iranian revolution, the newly formed Islamic Republic distinguished itself by claiming that women under the Islamic constitution and jurisprudence are not necessarily unequal to men, but rather that their equality is based on the Islamic recognition of their difference. The discourse of equality within difference has clearly created space for debate and discussion with regard to women and gender issues in the context of the Iranian Parliament—a development that brings different and competing interpretations of Islamic jurisprudence to the surface.

  • Recent Lectures by Minoo Moallem
    Nov 25 2015 - 12:02pm

    Professor Minoo Moallem has been busy with keynotes and guest lectures. Here are some highlights:

  • Keynote in February 2015 at Conference on Religion, Gender and Body Politics
    Jul 2 2015 - 9:54am

    Professor Minoo Moallem gave the keynote address at the Conference on Religion, Gender and Body Politics in Holland in February 2015.

  • Recent presentation by Prof. Moallem: "Feminism and The Burden of Humanism"
    Dec 2 2014 - 4:28pm

    Professor Moallem on "Feminism and The Burden of Humanism" at Princeton University on November 14th, 2014.

  • New publications by Professor Moallem: "Aestheticizing Religion..." & "Praying through the senses..."
    Dec 2 2014 - 4:14pm
    Two recent publication by Professor Moallem:

    "Aestheticizing Religion: Sensorial Visuality and Coffeehouse Painting in Iran” in Sensational Religion edited by Sally Pomey, Yale University Press, 2014.

    "Praying through the senses: The Prayer Rug/Carpet and the Converging Territories of the Material and the Spiritual" in  in Conversations: An Online Journal of the Initiative for the Study of Material and Visual Cultures of Religion, Yale University, ​2014.



Between Warrior Brother and Veiled Sister
Islamic Fundamentalism and the Politics of Patriarchy in Iran
Minoo Moallem
University of California Press, 2005

Moallem refers to the gendered notions of brother and sister as keys to understanding the invention of the Islamic ummat as a modern fraternal community. Using magazines, novels, and films, she offers a feminist transnational analysis of contemporary Iranian culture that questions dominant binaries of modern and traditional, West and East, secular and religious, and civilized and barbaric.

Between Woman and Nation
Nationalisms, Transnational Feminisms, and the State
Minoo Moallem
Caren Kaplan
Norma Alarcón
Duke University Press, 1999

In Between Woman and Nation constructions such as nationalism, homeland, country, region, and locality are for the first time examined in the context of gender.

Circuits of Visibility
Gender and Transnational Media Cultures
Radha S. Hegde
Minoo Moallem
NYU Press, 2011

Volume edited by Radha S. Hegde. Minoo Moallem contributes a chapter titled Objects of Knowledge, Subjects of Consumption: Persian Carpets and The Gendered Politics of Transnational Knowledge. It is one of a collection of sixteen essays that collectively advance a discussion about sexual politics, media, technology, and globalization.


Minoo Moallem, “Nation-on-the-Move” Digital work, Design by Erik Loyer. Vectors. Journal of Culture and Technology in a Dynamic Vernacular, Vectors 2:2 (October 2007):
Digital project:
Tutorial video:

  • Postcolonial and Transnational Feminist Theories
  • Immigration and Diaspora Studies
  • Feminist Cultural Studies
  • Middle Eastern Studies
  • Iranian Cultural Politics and Diasporas