Sima Shakhsari

Sima Shakhsari is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Women’s and Gender Studies at Wellesley College. She has a Ph.D. in Cultural and Social Anthropology from Stanford  niversity and was the 2010-2012 teaching and research Postdoctoral Fellow in the Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality Program at the University of Houston. Shakhsari is the founder of Sayeh, the Iranian Queer and Transgender Refugee Network and has published articles in the Feminist Review, Journal of Middle East Women’s Studies, International Journal of Middle East Studies, Sexualities, Transgender Studies Reader 2, Queer Necropolitics, and Jadaliyya. She 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. 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.”

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