Mona Tajali

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Mona Tajali

Dr Mona Tajali is Assistant Professor of International Relations and Women’s Studies at Agnes Scott College in Decatur, Georgia, and an affiliate of the Middle East Studies programme at the Oxford School of Global and Area Studies. Her areas of expertise are gender and politics, human rights, and social movements in Muslim countries. Her current book manuscript 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. This manuscript is based on her award-winning doctoral dissertation (APSA’s 2015 Best Dissertation Prize in Women and Politics), and subsequent update and ethnographic field-research in the Middle East in 2015 conducted during her Postdoctoral Fellowship at Oxford University. She has been part of the Women Living Under Muslim Laws Network since 2009. Her research appears in journals such as the British Journal of Middle East Studies, Middle East Journal, and the Journal of Women, Politics and Policy. She has co-authored a book, titled Electoral Politics: Making Quotas Work for Women (WLUML 2011). Since 2007, Dr Tajali has been collaborating with the research wing of the transnational feminist organization, Women Living Under Muslim Laws (WLUML).

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