Department of Political Science

Elhum Haghighat, Chair

E-mail address:
Phone Number: (347) 577-4051
Office: Carman Hall, Room 359
Rank: Associate Professor/Chair
Degrees and Sources of Degrees: B.A., Rutgers University; M.A., University of Texas; Ph.D., University of Maryland

Academic Background, Research, Publications

Elhum Haghighat is Associate Professor and Chair of the Department of Political Science. She received her higher education degrees from Rutgers University (B.A.), University of Texas (M.A.) and University of Maryland (Ph.D.).  Her areas of expertise are demography of the Middle East and North Africa (MENA), development and social change, women’s social and political status in MENA including the nexus between education, employment and political participation and their social mobility in the MENA region.  She has received numerous grants and her work has appeared in a variety of different journals including Middle East Critique; American Journal of Islamic Social Sciences; Identities: Journal of Politics, Gender and Culture; Industrial Relations, A Journal of Economy and Society; International Review of Sociology/Revue Internationale de Sociologie, International Journal of Sociology and Social Policy, International Studies in Sociology of Education. Her recent book is titled, Women in the Middle East and North Africa, Continuity and Change (2010, published by Palgrave MacMillan). She has held positions as a senior research scientist, consultant, policy and quantitative analyst for the U.S. Department of Labor, The World Bank, and Educational Testing Service and published several reports and articles on education, immigration and development issues and policies prior to her employment at Lehman. Currently she is working on her next book which analyzes the political and social changes, and the role of role of women in the uprisings in contemporary Middle East societies. She is on the editorial boards of journals such as Journal of International Women’s Studies and Journal of Middle East Women’s Studies. Website:


Courses Taught and Developed at Lehman
  • Gender Politics in the Middle East and North African Societies - Cross Listed as a Sociology, Political Science & Middle East Studies Course (Course Developed)
  • Sociological/Political Analysis (Research Methods I)
  • Research Methods II
  • Education & Society
  • Education, Politics & Society: Global & Cross-Cultural Perspective (Course Developed)
  • Immigrant Communities in the U.S.
Courses Taught at Other Higher Education Institutions
  • Gender & Society
  • Gender, Race, Ethnicity & the Spectrum of Difference
  • Globalization & Gender
  • Research Methods
  • Social Statistics
  • Political Sociology
  • Sociology of Deviance
  • Sociology of Family

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