Golnar Nikpour

Assistant Professor
Academic Appointments

Assistant Professor of History

Golnar Nikpour is a scholar of modern Iranian political and intellectual history, with a particular interest in the history of law, incarceration, and rights. She holds a Ph.D. from Columbia University's department of Middle Eastern, South Asian, & African Studies. She teaches on an interdisciplinary set of topics including modern Middle Eastern and North African history, Iranian history, political theory, Islamic studies, critical prison studies, and women and gender studies.

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From 2015-2017, Nikpour was an A.W. Mellon Postdoctoral Fellow at the Center for the Humanities at the University of Wisconsin, Madison, and in 2017-2018, she served as Neubauer Junior Research Fellow at the Crown Center for Middle East Studies at Brandeis University. Her research has been supported by the Social Science Research Council, the A.W. Mellon Foundation, and the Giles Whiting Foundation, and her writing has appeared in Comparative Studies of South Asia, Africa and the Middle East; Humanity: An International Journal of Human Rights, Humanitarianism, and Development; The International Journal of Middle East Studies; The Canadian Journal of History; Jadaliyya; and Tehran Bureau. Since 2019, Nikpour has served on the editorial collective of the journal Radical History Review, and she also serves the editorial board of the Radical Histories of the Middle East book series on Oneworld Press. Nikpour is also co-founder and co-editor of B|ta’arof, a journal for Iranian arts and writing, where she has written extensively on the intellectual and cultural histories of Iran and its diaspora. She is currently finishing her first book project, a history of Iranian prisons and carcerality in a global context.

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Carson 307
HB 6107
B.A. Barnard College
M.A. Columbia University
M.Phil. Columbia University
Ph. D. Columbia University

Selected Publications

“The Criminal is the Patient, the Prison Will Be the Cure: Building the Carceral Imaginary in Modern Iran,” The Global 1979 Revolution. Arang Keshavarzian and Ali Mirsepassi, eds. Cambridge University Press.

“All Prisoners are Political Prisoners: Rethinking the Campaign to #FreeThemAll Beyond Borders and Beyond COVID 19,” Jadaliyya, https://www.jadaliyya.com/Details/40865/All-Prisoners-Are-Political-Pris...

“Is Abolition Global: Iran, Iranians and Prison Politics,” co-written with Naveed Mansouri and Omid Tofighian, Jadaliyya, https://www.jadaliyya.com/Details/41658/Is-Abolition-Global-Iran,-Irania...  

“Claiming Human Rights: Iranian Political Prisoners and the Making of a Transnational Movement, 1963-1979.” Humanity: An International Journal of Human Rights, Humanitarianism, and Development 9, no. 3 (Winter 2018), 363-388.

 “Drugs and Drug Policy in the Islamic Republic of Iran.” Brandeis University Crown Center for Middle East Studies Middle East Brief, no. 119 (June 2018): 1-7.

“Revolutionary Journeys, Revolutionary Practice: The Hajj Writings of Jalal Al-e Ahmad and Malcolm X.” Comparative Studies of South Asia, Africa, and the Middle East 34, no. 1 (2014): 67-85