Azadeh Ghanizadeh is a graduate of the Oregon State University School of Writing, Literature, and Film. She received her undergraduate degree in philosophy at the University of Oregon and wrote her honors thesis on gender, Islam, and coloniality. She is broadly interested in global ethics and international relations, examining these topics through a critical race theory and feminism framework.
Her family moved to the United States in 1999 as refugees, influencing her interest in how meaning is created and uncovered through language. These interests converge at the intersection of transnational feminism, decolonial theory, and Islamic philosophy. Her research centers on woman’s situation in differing patriarchies—both secular and religious—and queries the viability of universal ethical answers to radically divergent gender inequalities. Her current work examines new and emerging mechanisms of power, the vagaries of whiteness, and the role of the cosmopolitan humanities in the maintenance of inequality.
To this end, Azadeh’s research is bound up in the politics of knowledge—that is, who gets to speak on behalf of whom and from what locations and terrains knowledge is admitted as valid or rejected as invalid.