Afsaneh Haddadian

Ph.D. 2021
Afsaneh Haddadian

Dissertation Project

Participatory Governance Reforms and Gender Empowerment: The Case of Morocco

Professional Background

Community Development and Deliberative Democracy: Kettering Foundation


Qualitative Methods, Mixed-Methods, French, Persian



Afsaneh is a Ph.D. Candidate at the Jackson School of International Studies. Her research interests are democratic theory and citizen political participation.Her primary area of focus is the Middle and North Africa. Within the region, she is examining participatory governance mechanisms at the local level and their impact on civil society and empowering marginalized citizens in Morocco. She has also done extensive research on social movements and citizen participation in the context of the 2009 Green Movement in Iran. Prior to joining the Jackson School, Afsaneh was doing research with the Kettering Foundation on democratic thought and process, different public policy issues, and collective decision-making. She holds an MA in International and Comparative Politics from Wright State University, and a BA in French Language and Literature from Ferdowsi University in her home country of Iran.


Grants & Fellowships

  • Jackson Foundation Travel Grant, Jackson School of International Studies, Summer 2015.
  • Association for the Study of Middle East and North Africa, Morocco Research Grant, May 2015.
  • Roshan Institute Fellowship for Excellence in Persian Studies, (Declined), 2014-2015.
  • University of Washington Graduate School Fellowship, 2013- 2014.
  • Full scholarship, Department of Political Science, Wright State University, 2009-2012.

Dissertation Committee

Post Graduation