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Women's and Gender Studies
B.S., M.A., San Francisco State University; Ph.D., Stanford University
On leave Fall 2015, Spring 2016

Sima Shakhsari
Assistant Professor of Women’s and Gender Studies

Currently working on a book manuscript titled Blogging in Times of War: Iranian Diaspora, Gender, and Sexuality in Weblogistan.

Sima Shakhsari has a Ph.D. in Cultural and Social Anthropology from Stanford University and was the 2010-2012 teaching and research Postdoctoral Fellow in the Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality Program at the University of Houston. Professor Shakhsari has taught Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality and Anthropology courses at Stanford University, the University of California at Berkeley, San Francisco State University, and the University of Houston. Between earning her B.S. in physiology and her MA in Women’s Studies at San Francisco State University, she worked at San Francisco Women Against Rape as the Director of Adult Education Program and volunteered for several queer, women’s, and immigrant rights organizations.

Professor Shakhsari is currently working on a book manuscript titled Blogging in Times of War: Iranian Diaspora, Gender, and Sexuality in Weblogistan. Utilizing feminist cultural studies and online and offline ethnographic methods, the book provides an analysis of Weblogistan as a site of cybergovernmentality where simultaneously national and neo-liberal gendered subjectivities are produced through online and offline heteronormative disciplining and normalizing techniques. Professor Shakhsari’s new research, which is connected to the larger discursive context of the freedom movements in the Middle East and democratization projects in Iran, examines the way that Iranian transgender refugees are nationalized/denationalized, sexed, gendered, and raced in multiple re-reterritorializations as they transition across national boundaries, online and offline “frontiers,” sexual norms, religious discourses, and geopolitical terrains during the “war on terror.”

Selected Publications

“Killing Me Softly with Your Rights: Queer Death and the Politics of Rightful Killing.”  Queer Necropolitics. Jin Haritaworn, Adi Kuntsman and Silvia Posocco (eds). Routledge. 2014.

“Transnationl Govenmentality and the Politics of Life and Death.”International Journal of Middle East Studies / Volume 45 / Special Issue 02: Queer Affects. 2013.

“Shuttling Between Bodies and Borders: Transmigration and the Politics of Rightful Killing.” Transgender Studies Reader II. Aren Aizura and Susan Stryker (editors). Routledge. 2013.

 “From Homoerotics of Exile to Homopolitics of Diaspora: Cyberspace, the War on Terror, and the Hypervisible Iranian Queer.” Queering Middle Eastern Cyberscapes: Special Issue, Journal of Middle Eastern Women’s Studies (2012)
Vol 8. No. 3.

 “Weblogistan goes to war: representational practices, gendered soldiers and neoliberal entrepreneurship in diaspora.” Feminist Review (2011) 99: 6-24. 

“Women, Gender, and Sexuality in Historiography of Modern Iran,” Co-authored with Afsaneh Najmabadi and Mana Kia. Iran in the 20th Century: Historiography and Political Culture. Touraj Atabaki (editor). I.B. Tauris Publishers. 2009.