Shahla Haeri

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Shahla Haeri

Associate Professor

haeriOffice: 232 Bay State Road #417
Office Phone: 617-358-2371

Fall 2018: T 9:30-12:45; R 12:30-1:30; by appointment

Dr. Shahla Haeri has conducted research in Iran, Pakistan, and India, and has written extensively on religion, law, and gender dynamics in the Muslim world. She is the author of No Shame for the Sun: Lives of Professional Pakistani Women (Syracuse University Press in the United States, and Oxford University Press in Pakistan, 2004), and Law of Desire: Temporary Marriage, Mut’a, in Iran (1989, 1993). She was involved in the University of Chicago’s multi-year program on global fundamentalism, Fundamentalism Project, which was funded by a John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur grant, and contributed an article to the second volume, “Obedience versus Autonomy: Women & Fundamentalism in Iran & Pakistan” (1993).

Dr. Haeri was also the director of the Women’s Studies Program from 2001-2010.  She has been awarded several grants and postdoctoral fellowships, including one Women’s Studies in Religion at Harvard Divinity School (2005–2006), Fulbright (1999–2000, 2002–2003), St. Anthony’s College, Oxford University (1996), Social Science Research Council (1987–88), Pembroke Center for Teaching and Research on Women, Brown University (1986–87), and the Center for Middle Eastern Studies, Harvard University (1985–86).

Dr. Haeri made a short video documentary (46 min.) entitled “Mrs. President: Women and Political Leadership in Iran,” focusing on six women presidential contenders in Iran in 2001. This documentary is distributed in the United States and Canada by the Films for the Humanities and Sciences (, 2002).

View Professor Haeri’s CV


  • AN 240 Legal Anthropology
  • AN319 Anthropology of Muslim Cultures and Politics
  • AN 320/720 Women in the Muslim World
  • AN355 Religious Fundamentalism in Anthropological perspective
  • AN397 Anthropological Film and Photography


PhD University of California, Los Angeles
CAS Harvard University
MA Northeastern University