ELIZ SANASARIAN is a Professor of Political Science, Research Associate at the Center for Religion & Civic Culture, and Faculty Associate in the Gender Studies Program. She is the author of Religious Minorities in Iran (Cambridge University Press, 2000, paperback 2006), and 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 on a variety of topics have appeared in book chapters and academic journals such as the Journal of International Affairs, Holocaust and Genocide Studies, Diaspora, Oxford Encyclopedia of the Modern Islamic World, and Natural Resources Journal. She is also the co-recipient of a U.S. Agency for International Development grant for work on vulnerable children and youth in Kenya. Professor Sanasarian has served on the editorial board of Politics and Religion (the official journal of the American Political Science Association Organized Section on Religion and Politics) and has been a member of various committees and executive councils of the American Political Science Association, Western Political Science Association, and others. She has received various awards including USC’s President’s Circle Faculty Award for outstanding merit in the areas of teaching, research, and service, University’s Remarkable Women Award by Women’s Student Assembly, and the University’s highest honor “The Associates Award for Excellence in Teaching”.