PhD , Sociology
I hold a PhD in Sociology from the Faculty of Social Sciences at VU Amsterdam, the Netherlands. The topic of my research is: “Online and offline political participation under repression: Iranian Green Movement supporters between two elections, 2009-2013”. I earned a MSc in Sociology from the Faculty of Behavioral and Social Sciences at the Interuniversity Center for Social Science Theory and Methodology (ICS) at the University of Groningen, the Netherlands and a BSc in Electrical Power Engineering from the Amirkabir University of Technology, Iran. My master’s thesis concerns the role of risk in online activism, with a focus on Iranian Green Movement. I also extensively work on quantitative methods and techniques to extract online data and use big data to understand social phenomena.
My research interests include social movements, state repression, political participation, data science, social media, Internet research and social networks.
I have served on the editorial boards and am frequent contributor of several intellectual journals, including the prominent Iranian journal on society and politics Goftogu, and of a number of the Iranian journal devoted to social and political issues.