PhD, Religious Studies, UC Santa Barbara (2008)
MTS, Theological Studies, Harvard University (2001)
BA, Religious Studies, UC Berkeley (1998)


  • Jews and Religious Minorities in Iran
  • Women in the Middle East
  • Mizrahi and Sephardic Jews in America



  • Sephardic and Mizrahi Jews in America; Guest Editor, Published by the Purdue University Press for the USC Casden Institute for the Study of the Jewish Role in American Life Annual Review, Volume 13, 2015
  • From the Shahs to Los Angeles: Three Generations of Iranian Jewish Women between Religion and Culture, SUNY Press, Albany, New York, (November 2012).
  • Awarded the Gold Medal in the 2013 Independent Publisher Book Awards in the Religion category
  • Book Review of Christian Encounters with Iran: Engaging Muslim Thinkers After the Revolution in The Journal of the American Academy of Religion (JAAR), September 2013; Volume 81; Issue 3
  • “Integration or Separation? Iranian Jewish and Muslim Relations in Los Angeles,” in Muslims and Jews in America: Commonalities, Contentions and Complexities, Palgrave Macmillan Publishers, Aaron Hahn Tapper and Reza Aslan (ed), 2011
  • “Iranian Jewish Women:  Domesticating Religion and Appropriating Zoroastrian Religion in Ritual Life” in Nashim: A Journal for Jewish Women’s Studies and Gender Issues, (Fall, Issue #18 2010).
  • “JAPS: Jewish American Persian Women and their Hybrid Identity in America in Association of Jewish Studies Perspectives, (Fall, 2010).Book Review of “Life as a Visitor,” in Jewish Book Council (Summer, 2010)

Honors & Awards

AAR/WR First Place Student Paper (2008)
Doctoral Scholars Fellowship, University California, Santa Barbara (2001-2005)
“Independent Publisher Book Awards 2013”; Gold Medal Winner in Religion for From the Shahs to Los Angeles: Three Generations of Iranian Jewish Women Between Religion and Culture (2003)
Wolfson Fellowship, Harvard University, (1999-2001)


  • Sephardic and Mizrahi Women’s Literature (Comparative Literature M166/Jewish Studies M151A)
  • Iranian Jewish Life in Los Angeles: Past and Present (Sociology 191V)