My doctoral research investigates the trans-generational transmission of political trauma in authoritarian states where public debate and discussion are impossible. My hypothesis is that survivors of state violence transmit their trauma to their children through private, familial mechanisms that cohere to produce a collective political identity in the subsequent generation that can be traced in that generation’s organizing and activism. In this way, I seek to understand how individuals' political identity (or their engagement with political) have been shaped through the historical experiences of political trauma. In order to explore the transmission of trauma in the private sphere, I plan to engage with narrative approaches that provide access to the personal and lived experiences of survivors and their children. My study develops a theory of political trauma that understands the private sphere as a key vector for the transmission of identity in states where the essential artefacts of public life are tightly controlled. I am extremely grateful to be supervised and supported by Elizabeth Dauphinee, who is recognized as a leading scholar on narrative in the field of Critical International Relations.
As a 2016 Pierre Elliot Trudeau Scholar and SSHRC Doctoral Fellow I investigate the intergenerational transmission of political trauma in the department of Political Science at York University, where I am a PhD Student majoring in both International Relations and Gender Studies. I hold a SSHRC CGS-funded Master of Art degree in International Relations from McMaster University and a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science from York University. I have also completed a Law degree at Azad University in Iran.
Other Academic Work
I am a Graduate Research Fellow at the Centre for Refugee Studies (CRS) at York University. I also served as a co-chair to the centre’s graduate caucus and help co-organize CRS's 13th annual conference where under the theme of ’Bridging the Gap between Indigenous and Refugee Communities’, held on Nov, 2nd, 2018, we brought together many activists, artists and academics together from the two above mentioned communities to reflect on and discuss settler Colonialism, colonialism and displacement as well as the ethics of solidarity and alliance building between these two communities.
I am also very passionate about issues relating to refugees and gender. Within this context I worked as a Research Coordinator for the SSHRC funded project titled 'From margins to centre through education: Integrating victims of trauma and torture'. This collaborative research project which is led by George Brown College in collaboration with CAMH (Centre for Addiction and Mental Health) and CCVT (Canadian Centre for Victims of Torture) investigated the barriers and difficulties faced by refugees and victims of political oppressions when entering into post-secondary education and explored the needs of victims of torture and trauma. Read more about the project here. I was also a Research and Graduate Assistant to Im/Migration, Mobilities, Circulation research group in Jackman Humanities Institute at University of Toronto and one of the two Student Representatives to the Graduate Advisory Group in faculty of Liberal Arts and Professional Studies at York University.
The Pierre Elliott Trudeau Foundation
Centre for Refugee Studies, York University
Golden Key International Honour Society
Jackman Humanities Institute