Author Archives: Golnar Nikpour

About Golnar Nikpour

Golnar Nikpour is assistant professor of history at Dartmouth College. She is currently finishing her first book, The Incarcerated Modern: Prisons and Public Life in Iran, a study on prisons and punishment in nineteenth- to twenty-first-century Iran that situates the expansion of Iran's modern prison and public discourses on those prisons in the context in global context. From 2015 to 2017 Nikpour was an A.W. Mellon postdoctoral fellow at the University of Wisconsin, Madison, and from 2017 to 2018 she was Neubauer junior research fellow at the Crown Center for Middle East Studies at Brandeis University. Her research and writing have been supported by the Social Science Research Center, the A.W. Mellon Foundation, and the Giles Whiting Foundation.

Claiming Human Rights: Iranian Political Prisoners and the Making of a Transnational Movement, 1963–1979

Abstract: This essay examines the transnational movement against prisoner abuse and torture in Pahlavi Iran in the 1960s-1970s. Arguing that the notion of human rights in this era was neither fixed nor stable, it analyzes the encounter between Iranian revolutionaries, students, and intellectuals and international human rights activists and organizations. It argues that the growing prominence of prisoner abuse in Iran provided a rallying point for Iranian dissidents of various political stripes in the years before the 1979 revolution as well as a testing ground Continue reading → Continue reading →