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Associate Professor of International Relations and Women's, Gender, and Sexuality Studies, Agnes Scott College

Mona Tajali is the author of Women’s Political Representation in Iran and Turkey: Demanding a Seat at the Table (Edinburgh University Press 2022), which investigates how religious and cultural norms, attitudes, institutional structures, and voter behavior affect the representation of women and quality of democracy in Muslim contexts, with a comparative focus on Iran and Turkey. Her first book, Electoral Politics: Making Quotas Work for Women (WLUML 2011), co-authored with Homa Hoodfar, has been translated into Persian and Arabic, and is used as a manual for those advocating for women’s increased political representation across the Muslim world. She publishes her research findings in both academic and popular outlets, among them, the Middle East Journal, Politics & Gender, The Washington Post, The Conversation, and Jadaliyya.


  • 2021–present
    Associate professor, Agnes Scott College


  • 2014 
    Concordia University , PhD