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The Iranian Studies Group at MIT (ISG) is a non-partisan, non-profit, academic organization with the aim of promoting Iranian civil society through conducting research on issues related to Iranian native and expatriate societies. Our research projects focus on the cultural, social, economic, and political development of the Iranian society. By actively publicizing our findings in a format that is accessible for the community at large, we aim to bridge the gap between research, public knowledge, and policy-making. ISG is recognized by the Massachusetts Institute of Technology's Association of Student Activities. 

Our Vision                                                                                                                                       

ISG promotes a unique analytical approach to long-term issues that are important to Iranians worldwide, from an independent Iranian perspective, and within a democratic spirit. ISG aims at creating a dynamic network of academics, community leaders and interested individuals working on an analytical understanding of contemporary Iranian issues, regardless of their social, political or religious beliefs. 

As an academic organization, ISG values learning and personal development. It provides an opportunity for its members to pursue challenging questions of interest to the individual, which also further the understanding of fundamental issues of contemporary Iran and contribute to the growth of the Iranian civil society.  To accomplish these goals, ISG is committed to presenting the public with diverse perspectives on issues related to its mission through research projects, lecture series and article publications. 

 

2004-2005

(In Alphabetical Order)

Mohammad Hafezi, President

Ph.D. Candidate in Physics, Harvard University

 

 

Mahnaz Maddah, Member of the Executive Board

Ph.D. Candidate in Electrical Engineering, MIT

 

 

Dr. Ali Mostashari Advisory Member of the Executive Board

LEAD, United Nations Development Programme

Research Affiliate, Massachusetts Institute of Technology

 

 

 

 

Dr. Farzan Parsinejad,  Member of the Executive Board

Postdoctoral Associate, Northeastern University

 

 

 

 

Dr. Hazhir Rahmandad,  Member of the Executive Board

Postdoctoral Associate,  Massachusetts Institute of Technology 

 

 

Nima Saeidi, Member of the Executive Board

Ph.D. Student in Mechanical Engineering, Northeastern University

 

 

Sara Sarkhili, Member of the Executive Board

Engineer, Mathworks Inc.

 

ISG Board of Directors                                                                                                                

In Alphabetical Order

 

Prof. Ali Banuazizi

Boston College

Prof. Houchang Chehabi

Boston University

Noosheen Hashemi

Entrepreneur, Ex-Vice President Oracle Corp.

Founder and President, Hand Foundation

Abbas Milani

Prof. Abbas Milani

 Stanford University

Hamid Moghaddam

CEO and President, AMB Corp.

 

 

Dr. Ali Nayeri

Harvard University

Prof. Cumrum Vafa

Harvard University

 

(In Alphabetical Order)

 

Simin Bakhtiar, Research Associate, Women's Studies Group

 

Jayran Jahani, Research Associate, Women's Studies Group

 

Shirin Jamarani, Project Manager, Migrant's Identity as Reflected in their Language

Ph.D. Student in Language and Cultural Studies, University of Queensland

 

Azadeh Khanicheh, Research Associate, Women's Studies Group

Ph.D. Candidate in Mechanical Engineering, Northeastern University

 

Bahar Mikhak, Research Associate, Women's Studies Group

Sc. D Candidate in Public Health, Harvard University

 

Dr. Assyeh Mir, Project Manager, Women's Studies Division

 

Negar Mortazavi, Research Associate, Women's Studies Group

 

Yasin Saadatnejadi, Public Relations Officer

 

 

2004-2005 Executive Board                                                                                                     

Mohammad Hafezi, Ali Khademhosseini, Ali Mostashari, Farzan Parsinejad, Hazhir Rahmandad (President), Nima Saeidi, Sara Sarkhili

2003-2004 Executive Board                                                                                                     

Mohammad Hafezi, Ali Khademhosseini, Ali Mostashari, Farzan Parsinejad, Hazhir Rahmandad, Mehdi Yahyanejad (President)

2002-2003 Executive Board                                                                                                     

Ali Meli, Ali Mostashari (President), Ali Nayeri, Hazhir Rahmandad, and Mehdi Yahyanejad.