My dissertation project is titled “Manufacturing Resilience: Worker Power and Labor Politics in the Making of Modern Iran.” Based on over two years of fieldwork in- and outside Iran, the dissertation traces the development of state-labor relations in post-revolutionary Iran to understand how workers mobilize to protect their rights in the context severe US-led economic sanctions. The project combines qualitative and quantitative methods to contribute to our understanding of how revolution, international pressure, and class politics have shaped the Iranian state.
My PhD project has received generous financial support from a number of organizations, including the Social Science Research Council, Roshan Cultural Heritage Institute, UCLA Department of Sociology, UCLA Center for Near Eastern Studies, Bourse and Bazaar Foundation, and the Oxford University Middle East Centre.
I am also interested in how states in the global south navigate climate change, drought, and the energy transition. As Bourse and Bazaar Fellow, I wrote a short piece analyzing water politics in Iran.