Hamideh Sedghi is a political scientist and a women/gender studies expert. Formerly a Visiting Scholar at Columbia University’s Department of Political Science, she also taught at Harvard University, Hobart and William Smith Colleges, and Vassar College, and has been a consultant to the United Nations. The first Iranian woman who published works on women in Iran from a social science perspective in the United States, she has written extensively on women/gender in Iran, gender and development, the US-Middle East foreign relations, perception of Muslims in the West and international political economy. She is the author of Women and Politics In Iran: Veling, Unveiling and Reveiling, Cambridge University Press, 2007, re-printed four times. Among her many awards include the Pennsylvania State System for Higher Education (SHEE), the National Endowment for the Humanities, and the 2005 Christian Bay Award for the Best Paper presented at the American Political Science Association. She served as the editor of Women/Politics, of the Women and Politics Section of the American Political Science Association. Her current projects include Secularism and the State Under the Pahlavis and an anthology, Gender and Globalization: Critical Perspectives. At WAAAP she worked on Cyberfeminism and Women’s Protests in Iran.