Dr. Firoozeh Kashani-Sabet has directed the Middle East Center at the University of Pennsylvania since 2006. She has worked extensively on the histories of disease, science, and reproductive politics. Her book Conceiving Citizens: Women and the Politics of Motherhood in Iran (Oxford University Press, 2011), received the 2012 book award from the Journal of Middle East Women’s Studies for outstanding scholarship in the field of Middle East gender studies. She has also published articles on disability, hygiene, humanism, and quarantines in the context of the Persianate world.

Professor Kashani-Sabet teaches courses on various aspects of modern Middle Eastern history, including ethnic and political conflicts, borderlands, gender and women’s issues, popular culture, diplomatic history, revolutionary ideologies, and general surveys. She has received funding from various entities, including the Social Science Research Council, to initiate cultural programs related to the Middle East.