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Shahla Talebi

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Associate Professor
Faculty, TEMPE Campus, Mailcode 4302
Associate Professor
Faculty, TEMPE Campus, Mailcode 4302
Biography

Shahla Talebi is Assistant Professor of Religious Studies, School of Historical, Philosophical and Religious Studies, Arizona State University. A native of Iran, she lived through the 1979 Revolution and the Iran-Iraq War and left Iran in 1994 to the United States where she now resides. She received her undergraduate degree in social-cultural anthropology from University of California Berkeley and her masters and PhD, also in social cultural anthropology, from Columbia University. She is currently an assistant professor of Religious Studies in the School of Historical, Philosophical and Religious Studies at Arizona State University. Her research interests include questions of self sacrifice and martyrdom, violence, memory, trauma, death, burial, funerary rituals, commemoration and memorialization or their banning, religion, revolution, and nation-state in contemporary Iran. Talebi’s manuscript entitled Ghosts of Revolution: Rekindled Memories of Imprisonment in Iran is forthcoming by Stanford University Press. Recent articles include: “From the Light of the Eye to the Eye of the Power” and "Who is Behind the Name? A Story of Voilence, Loss, and Melancholic Survival in Post-Revolutionary Iran" . She discusses the differences and similarities of political prisoners in Iran before and after the disputed presidential election for "The Week in Green."

Education

MA, Columbia University

2004

MPHIL, Columbia University

2002

PHD, Columbia University

2007

BA, University of California-Berkeley

1999

Publications
  • Shahla Talebi. The Living Monuments of Mourning: Struggles to Reclaim Life and Death in Post-Revolutionary Iran. Women and Peace in the Islamic World:Gender, Agency and Influence (2015).
  • Shahla Talebi. Children as Protectors: The Conditions of Parenthood in a Political Prison in Iran. Penal Field (Champ Pénal) (2014).
  • Shahla Talebi. Cosmopolitan Resistance and Territorial Suppression: A Story of Dissidence and The Islamic Republic of Iran. Iranian Identity and Cosmopolitanism: Spheres of Belonging (2014).
  • Shahla Talebi. A Iranian Martyr’s Dilemma: The Finite Subject’s Infinite Responsibility. Journal of Comparative Studies of South Asia, Africa and the Middle East (CCASAME) (2013).
  • Shahla Talebi. From The Light of the Eyes to the Eyes of the Power: State and Dissident Martyrs in Post- Revolutionary Iran. Journal of Visual Anthropology (2012).
  • Shahla Talebi. Who is Behind the Name: A Story of Violence, Loss, and Melancholic Survival in Post-revolutionary Iran. Journal of the Middle East and Women's Studies (2011).
  • Shahla Talebi. Ghosts of Revolution: Rekindled Memories of Imprisonment in Iran. (2011).
Spring 2018
Course NumberCourse Title
REL 792Research
JUS 792Research
REL 799Dissertation
JUS 799Dissertation
Fall 2017
Course NumberCourse Title
REL 599Thesis
REL 792Research
REL 799Dissertation
JUS 799Dissertation
Summer 2017
Course NumberCourse Title
JUS 799Dissertation
Spring 2017
Course NumberCourse Title
REL 202Religion and Popular Culture
REL 366Islam in the Modern World
JUS 792Research
REL 792Research
REL 799Dissertation
Fall 2016
Course NumberCourse Title
REL 202Religion and Popular Culture
REL 599Thesis
REL 792Research
REL 799Dissertation
Spring 2016
Course NumberCourse Title
REL 202Religion and Popular Culture
REL 792Research
REL 799Dissertation
Fall 2015
Course NumberCourse Title
REL 202Religion and Popular Culture
REL 598Special Topics
REL 599Thesis
REL 792Research
Spring 2015
Course NumberCourse Title
REL 202Religion and Popular Culture
REL 405Problems in Religious Studies
REL 690Reading and Conference
REL 792Research
Fall 2014
Course NumberCourse Title
REL 205Life, Sex and Death
REL 598Special Topics
HST 792Research
REL 792Research
REL 799Dissertation
Spring 2014
Course NumberCourse Title
REL 799Dissertation
Fall 2013
Course NumberCourse Title
REL 799Dissertation
Service
  • Advising for Three Phd students and one MA and One undergraduate Honors student., Chair (2010 - 2014)
  • Institute for Humanities Research (IHR), Advisory borad memeber (2008 - 2010)
  • IHR, Advisory Board Member (2008 - 2010)
  • DIME, Member (2007 - 2010)
  • Religion and Conflict Difficult Dialogue, Member (2008 - 2009)