Valentine M. Moghadam, Ph.D., is director of the International Affairs Program and professor of sociology at Northeastern University. She was previously director of the Women’s Studies Program and professor of sociology at Purdue University. In addition to her academic career, she was a senior research fellow at the United Nations University World Institute for Development Economics Research (UNU/WIDER) from 1990 to 1995 and a section chief at the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) from 2004 to 2006. Moghadam’s areas of research are globalization, revolutions and social movements, transnational feminist networks, and gender in the Middle East and North Africa. Her current research is on democratization after the Arab Spring. Born in Tehran, Iran, Moghadam earned her M.A. and Ph.D. in sociology at American University in Washington, D.C.