Eliz SanasarianProfessor of Political Science
Phone: (213) 740-3624
Office: VKC 231
Faculty Profile on Departmental Website
ELIZ SANASARIAN PhD, State University of New York, Buffalo Professor of Political Science Senior Fellow, Center for Religion and Civic Culture Faculty Associate, Gender Studies Program Contact: (213) 740-3624 or email@example.com Expertise: • Iranian Studies • Religion and Politics • Women in International Development • Women and Minorities in Islam • Ethnic and Identity Politics • Comparative Politics • Middle East politics Additional Information: Author of Religious Minorities in Iran (Cambridge 2000, paperback 2006), The Women's Rights Movement in Iran: Mutiny, Appeasement, and Repression in Iran (Praeger 1982) and its edited Persian translation, Jonbesh-e Hoquq-e Zanan Dar Iran: Toqian, Ofool va Sarkoob az 1280 ta Enqelab-e 57 (2005) which won the first prize as the Best Research Book on Women in Iran. The award was granted by the Sedigheh Dovlatabadi Library in Tehran. Two hundred books were considered for the award; nine were selected as finalists . Her publications have appeared in book chapters and various academic journals such as the Journal of International Affairs, Holocaust and Genocide Studies, Diaspora, Oxford Encyclopedia of the Modern Islamic World, Natural Resources Journal, and the Journal of Developing Societies. Currently she serves on the editorial board of Politics and Religion published by Cambridge University Press, and is the co-recipient of a U.S. Agency for International Development grant for work on vulnerable children and youth in Kenya. Professor Sanasarian is on the editorial board of Politics and Religion (the official journal of the American Political Science Association Organized Section on Religion and Politics). She has been a member of various committees and executive councils of the American Political Science Association, Western Political Science Association, International Society for Iranian Studies, Society for Armenian Studies, and others. Professor Sanasarian has been awarded USC's President's Circle Faculty Award for outstanding merit in the areas of teaching, research, and service, and the Political Science Award for Outstanding Classroom Teaching and Dedication to Students.
- Ph.D. Political Science, State University of New York, Buffalo, 1980
- B.A. , Findlay College
- M.A. , State University of New York at Buffalo
Description of Research
Summary Statement of Research Interests
Professor Sanasarian specializes in religion and politics, comparative ethnic politics, women in international development, Iran, Women and Minorities in Islam, Middle East politics, and comparative politics.
Middle East Politics, Women in International Development, Comparative Politics
- Sanasarian, E. (2011). "Nationalism and Religion in Contemporary Iran". Religious Minorities in the Middle East E.J. Brill.
- Sanasarian, E. (2007). The Comparative Dimension of the Bahai Case and Prospects for Change in the Future. London: Routledge Curzon.
- Abu-Nimer, M., Khoury, A. I., Welty, E. (2010). Unity in Diversity: Interfaith Dialogue in the Middle East. Journal of Intercultural Studies.
- Tsadik, D. (2010). Between Foreigners and Shi'is: Nineteenth Century Iran and Its Jewish Minority. Journal of American Oriental Society.
- Sanasarian, E. (2007). Global Feminism: Transnational Women's Activism, Organizing, and Human Rights. Perspectives On Politics. pp. 842-843.
- Sanasarian, E. (2007). The Fire, the Star and the Cross: Minority Religions in Medieval and Early Modern Iran. Middle Eastern Studies.
- Sanasarian, E. (2007). Domestic Tribulations and International Repercussions: The State and the Transformation of Non-Muslims in Iran. Journal of International Affairs. Vol. 60 (2), pp. 55-69.
- Sanasarian, E. (2006). Religious Minorities in Iran. Cambridge University Press.
- Sanasarian, E. E. Sanasarian. Religious Minorities in Iran (Cambridge University Press, 2000).
- Sanasarian, E. E. Sanasarian. The Women's Rights Movement in Iran: Mutiny, Appeasement, and Repression from 1900 to Khomeini (Praeger, 1982). .
Multimedia Scholarship and Creative Works
- PBS Interview, PBS documentary on Sunni and Shia in Islam, Fall 2009
- Book Review, "A Brief Look at Parvin Paydar's Book: Commentary and Review," translated by N. Mehdian for the website Zanestan, Fall 2007
Honors and Awards
- Remarkable Women Award, Women’s Student Assembly and Office of Campus Activities, 2010-2011
- USC Associates Award For Excellence In Teaching, It is the highest honor the University Faculty bestows on its members for outstanding teaching. It recognizes the career achievements of outstanding faculty with a proven track record as exceptional teachers with a positive, inspiring, and long-lasting effect on students and their learning, along with extraordinary, unique, or pioneering contributions to excellence in teaching., 2009-2010
- Best Research Book on Women, Sedigheh Dovlatabadi Library, Tehran, 2006-2007
- USC or School/Dept Award for Teaching, Political Science Award for Outstanding Classroom Teaching and Dedication to Students, 1997-1998
- USC Raubenheimer Outstanding Junior Faculty Award, President's Circle Faculty Award for Outstanding Merit in Teaching, Research, and Service, 1987
Service to the Profession
Editorships and Editorial Boards
- Editorial Board Member, Politics and Religion, 2010-2011
- American Academy of Religion, 2010-2011
- American Political Science Association, 2010-2011
- International Society for Iranian Studies, 2010-2011
- Society for Armenian Studies, 2010-2011