The Limits of Whiteness: Iranian Americans and the Everyday Politics of Race

Thursday, October 26, 2017, 12:30 pm to 1:30 pm
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Based on her new book The Limits of Whiteness (Stanford University Press, 2017), sociologist Neda Maghbouleh shares the curious, under-theorized story of how Iranian Americans move across a white not-white color line. By contextualizing ethnographic data with neglected historical and legal evidence, she offers new evidence for how a "white" American immigrant group can become "brown," and what such a transformation says about race in North America today. Free.
Humanities Building, Humanities Auditorium (Room 133)
Center for Iranian Diaspora Studies
Persis Karim
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Neda Maghbouleh

Born in New York City and raised in Portland, Oregon, Neda Maghbouleh is assistant professor of sociology at University of Toronto. Her research addresses the everyday lives of racialized people, including a new study of Syrian refugees in Toronto, funded by the government of Canada’s Ministry of Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship.

Center for Iranian Diaspora Studies

This event is the inaugural lecture for Center for Iranian Diaspora Studies. Under the leadership of Professor Persis Karim, the center creates a vigorous, dynamic and fresh approach to researching Iranian diaspora communities as well as showcasing their artistic and cultural contributions across the globe.


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