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Shadi Mokhtari Assistant Professor Peace, Human Rights & Cultural Relations

Shadi Mokhtari
SIS | Peace, Human Rights & Cultural Relations
East Quad Building 208
PhD & LLM, York University; JD, University of Texas; MIA, Columbia University; BA, American University

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Shadi Mokhtari teaches at the School of International Service at American University in Washington D.C., where she focuses on the politics of human rights, political change in the Middle East, and political Islam. She is the author of After Abu Ghraib: Exploring Human Rights in America and the Middle East (Cambridge University Press, 2009 and 2011) which was the co-winner of the 2010 American Political Science Association’s Human Rights Section Best Book Award.

Since 2009, Professor Mokhtari’s research has focused on the human rights dynamics of protest movements and transitions in the Middle East, particularly in Iran, Egypt and Tunisia. In 2012, she concluded a study assessing Islamic Reformists’, dissident clerics’, jailed activists,’ and popular responses to the Iranian government’s repression of the Green Movement titled “’This Government is Neither Islamic Nor A Republic’: Responses to the 2009 Post-Election Crackdown”. Her current research develops a typology of Middle Eastern experiences of the international human rights framework titled "Human Rights as Mockery of Morality, Manifesting Morality and Moral Maze’”. Part of this research was recently published in the Journal of Human Rights.

Professor Mokhtari currently teaches “Justice, Ethics, and Human Rights,” “Rights and Political Change in the Middle East,” “Post-Revolutionary Iran,” and “Human Rights: Politics and Practice”.
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Spring 2024

  • SISU-270 Justice, Ethics & Human Rights

  • SISU-379 Topics Human Rgts/Iden/Culture: Post-Revolutionary Iran

Fall 2024

  • SISU-270 Justice, Ethics & Human Rights

  • SISU-270 Justice, Ethics & Human Rights

  • SISU-310 Topics Peace/Glb Sec/Con Res: Feminist Human Rghts/Peacebldg