Mehrangiz Najafizadeh

Associate Professor
Primary office:
785-864-9421
Spring Office Hours: 1:00-3:00 R


Areas of Specialization

  • Gender
  • Social Change
  • Globalization
  • Social Inequality

Teaching Interests

  • Gender in the Global Context
  • Comparative Societies
  • Globalization
  • Classical and Modern Sociological Theory
  • Social Change and Development Studies
  • Comparative Historical Sociology
  • Third World and Newly Independent States

Research Interests

  • Gender in the Global Context
  • Comparative Societies
  • Globalization
  • Classical and Modern Sociological Theory
  • Social Change and Development Studies
  • Comparative Historical Sociology
  • Third World and Newly Independent States

MEHRANGIZ NAJAFIZADEH (PhD Kansas; Associate Professor) teaches Comparative Societies, Global Social Change, Gender in the Global Context, and Sociological Theory. Her research interests focus on social change in the Third World and in Eurasia, with particular attention to gender, culture, and socio-political change. She is the recipient of various university-wide teaching and mentoring awards including the Mortar Board Outstanding Educator Award, the Byron A. Alexander Graduate Mentor Award, and the Del Shankel Teaching Excellence Award.  In addition, she is the recipient of various grants and fellowships including a Fulbright Scholar award, two Fulbright Senior Specialist awards, two American Councils for International Education Research Fellowships, and a Franklin Research Grant from the American Philosophical Society.  Her most recent publications are in Gender & Society, the Journal of Third World Studies, and the Journal of International Women’s Studies. Areas: Gender, Social Change, Globalization, Development Studies, Social Inequality, and Comparative-Historical.
 

HOW DO WE EXPLAIN WOMEN’S “PLACE” IN SOCIETIES THAT ARE UNDERGOING MAJOR SOCIOPOLITICAL CHANGE?

 Utilizing women’s narratives and oral histories, my research has focused on major sociopolitical change in post-Soviet Azerbaijan and has examined various factors impacting women’s “place” in Azeri society.  These include the emergence of Azeri women’s advocacy organizations (NGOs) and efforts to promote women’s empowerment, the re-emergence of religion and implications for identity, and forced migration and the plight of Azeri women refugees and internally displaced persons (IDPs).  However, it also is important to examine changes in women’s roles in the social historical context.  Therefore, one element of my current research agenda employs a social historical focus on sociopolitical, cultural, and ideological change related to Azeri women’s “place” in the late 19th and early 20th centuries.  This archival research is guided by questions such as the following:  How were women’s roles socially constructed in Azeri society in the 1800s and early 1900s?  Which “pivotal events” during this period were crucial for the emergence of dramatic changes in the social construction of Azeri women’s roles?  Who were the “social entrepreneurs” who were instrumental in forging new conceptions of women’s “place” and in promoting new rights for women in early 20th century Azeri society? 


Prof. Najafizadeh's Curriculum Vitae (PDF)
 

Professor Mehrangiz Najafizadeh is a recipient of a 2014 Mortar Board Outstanding Educator Award! This major teaching award from the University of Kansas Mortar Board Senior Honor Society  was presented by Chancellor Gray-Little on November 14, 2014 during halftime at the KU and UC-Santa Barbara basketball game in Allen Field House.

 


Spring 2017 Courses

  • Soc 130 Comparative Societies
  • Soc 780 Advanced Topics in Sociology: Gender in the Global Context

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