Main research or teaching areas:
- International Migration and Refugee Studies
- Queer and Feminist Theories
- Qualitative Methodology
In my dissertation project, The Sexuality of Asylum: Experiences of Queer Iranians in Turkey (preliminary title), I seek to explore the everyday life worlds and migratory experiences of Iranian sexual dissidents who seek temporary asylum and wait for resettlement in Turkey. For this study, I conducted multi-sited ethnographic fieldwork in different refugee (re-)settlement cities in Turkey and in Canada between 2011 and 2014. Theoretically, my work draws on postcolonial, queer and feminist approaches to asylum, displacement, migrations, identities, belonging, and everyday life.
- At undergraduate level: International migration and development, qualitative methodology, refugee studies
- At graduate level: Queer and gendered migrations and mobilities, feminist theories