Professor of Sociology
Mahnaz Kousha finished her undergraduate studies at the College of Fine Arts in Tehran in Graphic Design. She pursued her MA in Art Education and her PhD in Sociology both from the University of Kentucky. She teaches a wide range of classes including Introduction to Sociology, Interpretive Social Research, Sociology of Race and Ethnicity, Family Bonds, Images of Women in the Middle East, and Immigrant Voices. Kousha has published articles on the relationship between African American household workers and White employers, and happiness among Iranian women. Her book, Voices from Iran: the Changing Lives of Iranian Women, focuses on women’s lives in Iran and explores family dynamics between parents and their daughters. Her recent publication is a collaborative translation of the fiction, My Bird, by the contemporary Iranian writer, Fariba Vafi. Kousha is a member of the Board of Directors and co-founder of the journal, Middle East Critique. The journal is currently located at Lund University in Sweden, and is published by Taylor and Francis (Oxford).
BA: Iran-Tehran 1978
MS: University of Kentucky 1985
PhD: University of Kentucky 1990