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Shadi Mokhtari

Assistant Professor School of International Service

Shadi Mokhtari specializes in human rights, Middle East Politics and Political Islam. She has an extensive background in human rights and women’s rights issues in the Middle East and Muslim World. She is the author of After Abu Ghraib: Exploring Human Rights in America and the Middle East (Cambridge, 2009), which was selected as the co-winner of the 2010 American Political Science Association Human Rights Section Best Book Award. From 2003 to 2013, she served as the Editor in Chief of the Muslim World Journal of Human Rights. In 2012, she concluded a study assessing Green Movement, clerical and popular responses to heightened repression following the 2009 elections in Iran. Since 2011, she has been looking at how human rights dynamics and discourses have changed in and vis-a-vis the Middle East in the wake of unfolding popular protests and political transitions.


PhD & LLM, York University; JD, University of Texas; MIA, Columbia University; BA, American Univesity

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SIS-School of Intl Service
East Quad Bldg - 208
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(202) 885-6570

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  • Spring 2017

    • SIS-619 Special Studies in Int'l Pol: Human Rights in Middle East
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    • SISU-106 First Year Seminar: Struggle for Mid East Pol Chng
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  • Fall 2017

    • SIS-619 Special Studies in Int'l Pol: Dem & Pol Chnge in Middle East
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