Farzaneh Family Assistant Professor of Iranian Studies, University of Oklahoma

Manata Hashemi is a sociologist, ethnographer, and the Farzaneh Family Assistant Professor of Iranian Studies in the Department of International and Area Studies at the University of Oklahoma. Her work examines how disenfranchised groups manage and find meaning under conditions of hardship, particularly in urban environments marked by economic insecurity. She focuses on the experiences of the marginalized, Middle Eastern poor.

Dr. Hashemi’s work can be found or is forthcoming in the International Journal of Urban and Regional Research, Qualitative Sociology, the International Journal of Middle East Studies, the British Journal of Middle Eastern Studies, and The Muslim World, among others. She is the author of the forthcoming book, "Coming of Age in Iran: Poverty and the Struggle for Dignity" (New York University Press, 2020), as well as co-editor of "Children in Crisis: Ethnographic Studies in International Contexts" (Routledge, 2013), a volume that brings together ethnographers conducting research on children living in crisis situations to show how children both respond to and are shaped by their circumstances.

Dr. Hashemi holds a PhD in Sociology from the University of California, Berkeley, an MA in Middle East Studies from Harvard University, and a BA in Near Eastern Studies from Cornell University. Prior to joining the University of Oklahoma, Dr. Hashemi served as a research director at Qatar Foundation and a post-doctoral fellow at Georgetown University in Qatar.


  • –present
    Farzaneh Family Professor in the Sociology of Contemporary Iran, University of Oklahoma