Minoo Moallem

Professor of Gender & Women's Studies and Vice Chair for Research; Director of Media Studies Program
Office: 628 Barrows Hall
Research AreasBioPublications
Research Areas
  • Postcolonial and Transnational Feminist Theories
  • Immigration and Diaspora Studies
  • Feminist Cultural Studies
  • Middle Eastern Studies
  • Iranian Cultural Politics and Diasporas

Minoo Moallem received her MA and BA  from the University of Tehran and her PhD from Université de Montréal. She has also done postdoctoral studies at the University of California at Berkeley. She was the Chair of Gender and Women’s Studies Department at Berkeley from 2008-2010 and the Chair of Women’s Studies Department at San Francisco State University from 2001-2006.

Professor Moallem is the author of Between Warrior Brother and Veiled Sister. Islamic Fundamentalism and the Cultural Politics of Patriarchy in Iran, University of California Press, 2005, the co-editor (with Caren Kaplan and Norma Alarcon) ofBetween Woman and Nation: Nationalisms, Transnational Feminisms and The State, Duke University Press, 1999, and the guest editor of a special issue of Comparative Studies of South Asia, Africa and the Middle East on Iranian Immigrants, Exiles and Refugees. She has published in a number of feminist journals including Signs: Journal of Women in Culture and Society, Feminist Studies, Meridians: feminism, race, and transnationalism, Nimeye Digar, Documentation Sur La Recherche Feministe, and Journal of Feminist Studies of Religion. Trained as a sociologist, she writes on transnational and postcolonial feminist studies, religious nationalism and transnationalism, consumer culture, immigration and diaspora studies, Middle Eastern studies and Iranian cultural politics and diasporas.

Professor Moallem has recently ventured in digital media. Her digital project “Nation-on-the Move”(design by Eric Loyer) was published in Vectors. Journal of Culture and Technology in a Dynamic Vernacular (Special issue on Difference, Fall 2007).  She is currently working on a book manuscript entitled, “Nation as Transnational Commodity: The Mobile World of the Persian Carpet”. She is also working on a research project on material and visual cultures of religion, and a project on Iran-Iraq war movies and masculinity.


Circuits of Visibility

Gender and Transnational Media Cultures

Radha S. Hegde

Minoo Moallem

NYU Press, 2011

Volume edited by Radha S. Hegde. Minoo Moallem contributes a chapter titled Objects of Knowledge, Subjects of Consumption: Persian Carpets and The Gendered Politics of Transnational Knowledge. It is one of a collection of sixteen essays that collectively advance a discussion about sexual politics, media, technology, and globalization.


Between Woman and Nation

Nationalisms, Transnational Feminisms, and the State

Minoo Moallem

Caren Kaplan

Norma Alarcón

Duke University Press, 1999

In Between Woman and Nation constructions such as nationalism, homeland, country, region, and locality are for the first time examined in the context of gender.


Between Warrior Brother and Veiled Sister

Islamic Fundamentalism and the Politics of Patriarchy in Iran

Minoo Moallem

University of California Press, 2005

Moallem refers to the gendered notions of brother and sister as keys to understanding the invention of the Islamic ummat as a modern fraternal community. Using magazines, novels, and films, she offers a feminist transnational analysis of contemporary Iranian culture that questions dominant binaries of modern and traditional, West and East, secular and religious, and civilized and barbaric.

Creative Work

Minoo Moallem, “Nation-on-the-Move” Digital work, Design by Erik Loyer. Vectors. Journal of Culture and Technology in a Dynamic Vernacular, Vectors 2:2 (October 2007):

Digital project: http://www.vectorsjournal.org/projects/index.php?project=83

Tutorial video: http://vectors.usc.edu/issues/5/nationonthemove/tutorial.html