Shahla Talebi

School of Historical, Philosophical & Religious Studies
975 S. Myrtle Ave
P.O.Box 874302
TEMPE
Associate Professor
Faculty
TEMPE Campus
Mailcode
4302

Biography

Shahla Talebi is assistant professor of religious studies, School of Historical, Philosophical and Religious Studies, Arizona State University. A native of Iran, she lived through the 1979 Revolution and the Iran-Iraq War and left Iran in 1994 for the United States where she now resides. She received her undergraduate degree in social-cultural anthropology from University of California at Berkeley and her master's and doctorate, also in social cultural anthropology, from Columbia University.

Talebi's research interests include questions of self sacrifice and martyrdom, violence, memory, trauma, death, burial, funerary rituals, commemoration and memorialization or their banning, religion, revolution, and nation-state in contemporary Iran. Talebi’s manuscript entitled "Ghosts of Revolution: Rekindled Memories of Imprisonment in Iran" is forthcoming by Stanford University Press. Recent articles include: “From the Light of the Eye to the Eye of the Power” and "Who is Behind the Name? A Story of Voilence, Loss, and Melancholic Survival in Post-Revolutionary Iran." She discusses the differences and similarities of political prisoners in Iran before and after the disputed presidential election for "The Week in Green."

Education

  • Ph.D. Social-cultural Anthropology, Columbia University 2007
  • M.A. Social-cultural Anthropology, Columbia University 2004
  • M.Phil. Social-cultural Anthropology, Columbia University 2002
  • B.A. Social-cultural Anthropology, University of California-Berkeley 1999

Publications

  • Shahla Talebi. The Living Monuments of Mourning: Struggles to Reclaim Life and Death in Post-Revolutionary Iran. Women and Peace in the Islamic World:Gender, Agency and Influence (2015).
  • Shahla Talebi. Children as Protectors: The Conditions of Parenthood in a Political Prison in Iran. Penal Field (Champ Pénal) (2014).
  • Shahla Talebi. Cosmopolitan Resistance and Territorial Suppression: A Story of Dissidence and The Islamic Republic of Iran. Iranian Identity and Cosmopolitanism: Spheres of Belonging (2014).
  • Shahla Talebi. A Iranian Martyr’s Dilemma: The Finite Subject’s Infinite Responsibility. Journal of Comparative Studies of South Asia, Africa and the Middle East (CCASAME) (2013).
  • Shahla Talebi. From The Light of the Eyes to the Eyes of the Power: State and Dissident Martyrs in Post- Revolutionary Iran. Journal of Visual Anthropology (2012).
  • Shahla Talebi. Who is Behind the Name: A Story of Violence, Loss, and Melancholic Survival in Post-revolutionary Iran. Journal of the Middle East and Women's Studies (2011).
  • Shahla Talebi. Ghosts of Revolution: Rekindled Memories of Imprisonment in Iran. (2011).

Courses

Summer 2018
Course Number Course Title
JUS 799 Dissertation
Spring 2018
Course Number Course Title
REL 792 Research
JUS 792 Research
REL 799 Dissertation
JUS 799 Dissertation
Fall 2017
Course Number Course Title
REL 599 Thesis
REL 792 Research
REL 799 Dissertation
JUS 799 Dissertation
Summer 2017
Course Number Course Title
JUS 799 Dissertation
Spring 2017
Course Number Course Title
REL 202 Religion and Popular Culture
REL 366 Islam in the Modern World
JUS 792 Research
REL 792 Research
REL 799 Dissertation
Fall 2016
Course Number Course Title
REL 202 Religion and Popular Culture
REL 599 Thesis
REL 792 Research
REL 799 Dissertation
Spring 2016
Course Number Course Title
REL 202 Religion and Popular Culture
REL 792 Research
REL 799 Dissertation
Fall 2015
Course Number Course Title
REL 202 Religion and Popular Culture
REL 598 Special Topics
REL 599 Thesis
REL 792 Research
Spring 2015
Course Number Course Title
REL 202 Religion and Popular Culture
REL 405 Problems in Religious Studies
REL 690 Reading and Conference
REL 792 Research
Fall 2014
Course Number Course Title
REL 205 Life, Sex and Death
REL 598 Special Topics
HST 792 Research
REL 792 Research
REL 799 Dissertation
Spring 2014
Course Number Course Title
REL 799 Dissertation
Fall 2013
Course Number Course Title
REL 799 Dissertation

Honors/Awards

  • Anthony E. Kaye Fellowship, National Humanities Center (2017-2018) 
  • Alexander von Humboldt-Stiftung, Research Fellowship (1989-1990)

Service

  • Advisor: three Phd students, one MA and one undergraduate Barrett Honors student, Chair (2010-2014)
  • Institute for Humanities Research (IHR), Advisory borad member (2008-2010)
  • IHR, Advisory Board Member (2008-2010)
  • DIME, Member (2007-2010)
  • Religion and Conflict Difficult Dialogue, Member (2008-2009)