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Professor Pardis Mahdavi Named Senior Associate Dean at University of Denver’s Josef Korbel School of International Studies

DENVER—June 27, 2017—The University of Denver's Josef Korbel School of International Studies is pleased to announce the appointment of Professor Pardis Mahdavi as Senior Associate Dean, effective August 1, 2017. In her new role, Professor Mahdavi will also serve as the school's chief academic officer. Mahdavi joins the Josef Korbel School from Pomona College, where she most recently served as Dean of Women; Professor and Chair of Anthropology; and Director of the Pacific Basin Institute.

"We are delighted to bring in someone of Dr. Mahdavi's caliber to help shape the school and its students to navigate in the field of international studies and global affairs in the coming years," said Dean Christopher R. Hill.

The Korbel School's new Associate Dean Pardis Mahdavi

Mahdavi's research interests include gendered labor, human trafficking, migration, sexuality, human rights, youth culture, transnational feminism and public health in the context of changing global and political structures. She is the author of "Passionate Uprisings: Iran's Sexual Revolution" (Stanford University Press, 2008); "Gridlock: Labor, Migration and 'Human Trafficking' in Dubai" (Stanford University Press, 2011); "From Trafficking to Terror: Constructing a Global Social Problem" (Routledge, 2013); and "Crossing the Gulf: Love and Family in Migrants' Lives" (Stanford University Press, 2016).

Mahdavi will be responsible for overseeing all aspects of the academic administration of the school and is expected to develop a long term vision and strategy to significantly enhance the research and pedagogical capability at Korbel.

"It is truly an honor to join the extraordinary community of scholars, researchers, activists, educators and innovators at Korbel," said Mahdavi. "DU is unique in its mission as a private university for the public good. As the world changes around us so rapidly, we have an obligation to engage the most difficult issues and take on the most pressing challenges of our time. I look forward to working with the community at Korbel and across DU to better the world around us."

Mahdavi received her PhD in Sociomedical Sciences and Anthropology, MPhil in Anthropology and Master's in International Affairs from Columbia University and a bachelor's in Diplomacy and World Affairs from Occidental College.

Founded in 1964, the Josef Korbel School of International Studies is one of the world's leading schools for the study of international relations. The School offers degree programs in international affairs and public policy and is named in honor of its founder and first dean, Josef Korbel. Follow the Korbel School on Facebook and Twitter.