Manata Hashemi is a sociologist, ethnographer and the Farzaneh Family Associate Professor of Iranian Studies in the Department of International and Area Studies at the University of Oklahoma. Dr. Hashemi studies the lived experiences of poverty, inequality and stigma. Her research centers the everyday lives and emancipatory projects of marginalized, Middle Eastern groups. Her work can be found 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 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.