Haleh Esfandiari



Haleh Esfandiari

Haleh Esfandiari is the Director of the Middle East Program at the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars in Washington, D.C. She taught Persian language, contemporary Persian literature, and courses on the women's movement in Iran at Princeton University. Her writing has appeared in Foreign Policy, Journal of Democracy, Princeton Papers in Near Eastern Studies, New Republic, Wilson Quarterly, Chronicle of Higher Education, Middle East Review, the Washington Post, the Los Angeles Times, and the New York Review of Books as well as the Daily Beast and the blogs of the New York Review of Books and the New Republic.Dr. Esfandiari holds an honorary degree from Georgetown University Law Center (2008) and is a member of the Council on Foreign Relations. She serves on the Board of the Peace Research Endowment and on the board of advisors for the Project on Middle East Democracy. She is also a member of a MENA Advisory Panel to the World Bank. Her latest book, My Prison, My Home: One Woman's Story of Captivity in Iran, is based on Esfandiari's arrest by the Iranian security authorities in 2007, after which she spent 105 days in solitary confinement in Tehran's Evin Prison.


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