Manata Hashemi is a sociologist and the Farzaneh Family Assistant Professor of Iranian Studies in the Department of International and Area Studies at the University of Oklahoma. Dr. Hashemi studies inequality, urban poverty, and the role of culture in socioeconomic practices. In her research, she explores how people’s moral understandings influence their behaviors and life outcomes, particularly in low-income contexts in the Middle East. Her 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 also the author of the forthcoming book, Coming of Age in Iran: Poverty and the Struggle for Dignity (New York University Press, 2020), which examines how a group of economically disenfranchised youth attempt to move up the social ladder in Iran. Through ethnography and interviews, she reveals that by conforming to socially sanctioned codes of conduct, these young men and women both contest and reproduce systems of stratification within their communities. She is also the co-editor — along with Martín Sánchez-Jankowski — 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 OU, Dr. Hashemi was a research director at Qatar Foundation and a post-doctoral fellow at the Georgetown School of Foreign Service in Qatar.