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With the support from the RJ Fellows Research Institute, Sadeghi is expanding her research and turning it into a book length study for publication.  In this project, she explores the place of Iranians in the United States and Germany – in the context of critical international events. Sadeghi details how geopolitical arrangements, asylum, refugee and immigration policy, and racial citizenship shape Iranians’ quality of life and narrations of belonging and identity. Specifically, how the Iranian Revolution of 1979, 1980 Hostage Crisis, the 2010 International Sanctions, 2015 Refugee Crisis in Germany, 2016 Iran Deal, 2017 US Presidential Elections, and the 2017 Executive Ban on Immigration and Travel aka “Muslim Ban” have helped produce a climate that persistently racializes and politicizes Iranian communities in the US and Germany. Utilizing ethnographic research and interviews with first and second generation Iranians in northern and southern, California and Hamburg, Germany in 2010-2011 and 2016-2017,  Sadeghi demonstrates that the 2015 Global Refugee Crisis in Europe and the recent US Presidential Election have heightened racial and religious stigma, threat, and marginality for existing first and second generation Iranians in Germany and the US. This climate has helped brighten racial and social boundaries; where the dividing line of “who belongs” and “who does not belong” have become more pronounced and salient along the lines of racial/ethnic, cultural and religious background. Dr. Sadeghi will be presenting portions of this project at the upcoming 2018 American Sociological Association conference in Philadelphia, PA, and the 2018 Iranian Studies Conference in Los Angeles, CA.


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