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In the Department of International & Transcultural Studies

Recent Alumni Publications

Recent Alumni Publications

Towards the Ideal Revolutionary Shi'i Woman

Tawasil’s ethnographic fieldwork in Iran reveals how some religious conservative howzevi (seminarian) women understand marriage and motherhood as constitutive of idealized womanhood. Tawasil argues that the howzevi’s observances of certain constraints facilitate educational, social and political mobility.

Read “Towards the Ideal Revolutionary Shi’i Woman: The Howzevi (Seminarian), the Requisites of Marriage and Islamic Education in Iran”
by Amina Tawasil, PhD 2013.

The article may be downloaded from Dr. Tawasil's faculty profile page at Northwestern University here.

In the War on Poverty, Don't Forget Refugees

January 2014. "In the War on Poverty, Don't Forget Refugees" by Jill Koyama, PhD 2008

Koyama's OpEd piece in the Huffington Post calls for providing refugees with English training as a prerequisite to enjoying economic mobility.

Publics and Protests

January 2014. "Publics and Protests: Demonstrations of Public Grief in the Wake of Tragic Events" by Katie Keenan, PhD 2013

Katie Keenan examines demonstrations of public grief in the wake of tragic events in Northern Ireland and New York City.

Through the Looking Glass and Back Again

Defamiliarization and an examination of the means by which students refamiliarize themselves are the goals of Buse's (Ph.D. 1999) two part experiential exercise that seeks to engage and illuminate the implicit culture-bound categories informing the classroom experience of an introductory course in anthropology.

Read "Through the Looking Glass and Back Again: The Following Exercise" by William Buse, Ph.D. 1999.

Constructing legitimacy in a non-selective, American college

February 2013. "Constructing legitimacy in a non-selective, American college: unpacking symbolic capital through ethnographic moments" by Alex Posecznick, Ph.D. 2010

Posecznick describes the ways distinctions about symbolic capital were made and how legitimacy was constructed during his year of ethnographic research in the Office of Admission of a small urban college.

Transcending Linguistic Boundaries at Work

February 2013. "Transcending Linguistic Boundaries at Work" by Karen Velasquez , PhD 2014.

Velazquez looks at the multilingual repertoires of Latino immigrants working in Koreatown in New York City, shedding light on the ways in which immigrants transform and improve their working and living conditions while using language in unexpected ways.

On The Edge of Protest in Tehran

January 2013. "On the Edge of Protest in Iran" by Amina Tawasi, PhD 2013

Tawasil explores the boundaries between a houzevi (seminarian) woman in Tehran and herself, to illustrate what can be learned from a moment which risks certainty, reveals what does not make sense, and cannot be fixed to a single label of interpretation.