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Janet Afary is an Iranian author, feminist activist and researcher in history, religious studies and women studies. She now lives in the United States of America, and teaches at the University of California, Santa Barbara.
Her research field includes politics of contemporary Iran and gender and sexuality in modern Middle East. She is known for her writings and research on the Iranian Constitutional Revolution.
Afary is a professor of Religious Studies at the University of California Santa Barbara. She received her M.A. from University of Tehran. In 1991, she received her Ph.D in History and Near East studies from the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor. She was the recipient of the Horace H. Rackham Distinguished Dissertation Award from the University of Michigan.
- The Iranian Constitutional Revolution: Grassroots Democracy, Social Democracy, and the Origins of Feminism (Columbia University Press, 1996)
- Foucault and the Iranian Revolution: Gender and the Seductions of Islamism (University of Chicago Press, 2005), with Kevin Anderson.
- Sexual Politics in Modern Iran (Cambridge University Press, 2009).
Afary is married to Kevin B. Anderson, Professor of Sociology, Political Science, and Feminist Studies at the University of California, Santa Barbara. They have a daughter Lena T. Afary and a granddaughter Leila Afary Lucas.
- Politics of Iran
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- Anderson, K.B. (2010). Marx at the Margins: On Nationalism, Ethnicity, and Non-Western Societies. Chicago: University of Chicago Press, pg. vii.