Manata Hashemi is the Farzaneh Family Assistant Professor of Iranian Studies at the University of Oklahoma. A sociologist by training, her research focuses on how moral understandings interact with socioeconomic conditions to affect people’s behaviors and perceptions of the good life. She explores generally how people find meaning and assert dignity and what role social norms, networks and institutions play in that process, particularly among economically marginalized groups in the Middle East.
Her research has appeared in several peer-reviewed academic journals including Qualitative Sociology and The Muslim World as well as in media outlets including PBS Frontline. Her edited volume, Children in Crisis: Ethnographic Studies in International Contexts (Routledge 2013), examines the coping strategies of children living in crisis situations in the developed and developing worlds.
Manata is a 2005 graduate of the College of Arts and Sciences with a BA in Near Eastern Studies. She went on to receive her MA in Middle East Studies from Harvard University in 2007 and her PhD in Sociology from the University of California-Berkeley in 2012. Prior to joining the University of Oklahoma, she was a research director at Qatar Foundation and a post-doctoral fellow at the Georgetown School of Foreign Service in Qatar.