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Azadeh  Moaveni

Azadeh Moaveni

Author & Journalist


Azadeh Moaveni is a journalist, writer and associate professor at NYU, where she directs the Global Journalism Program. Her books and articles explore the interaction between gender and armed conflict, and how women’s rights, security and political participation are impacted by war and authoritarianism. Her recent research has focused on women’s recruitment to armed groups, feminist foreign policy, and the humanitarian crisis arising from Russia’s invasion of Ukraine. Read More >

As a correspondent for the Los Angeles Times and Time Magazine, she covered the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, and has reported from Egypt, Iran, Lebanon, Syria, and Tunisia. She is the author of two books on Iran, Lipstick Jihad, and Honeymoon in Tehran, and co-author, with Iranian Nobel Peace Laureate Shirin Ebadi, of Iran Awakening. Her latest book, Guest House for Young Widows: Among the Women of ISIS, was shortlisted for the Baillie Gifford Prize, the Rathbones Folio prize, and was a New York Times Notable Book of 2019. Guest House for Young Widows emerged out of a front-page story for the Times that was a finalist for a group Pulitzer. She writes for the London Review of Books and the New York Times, among other publications. Read Less ^

Speech Topics

Guest House for Young Widows: Among the Women of ISIS

To Think I Saw It Tehran: Iranian Youth between Theocracy and the West

Pink Veil, Black Veil: Being Young, Muslim, and Modern in Today's Middle East