Current Projects


In her book Conditional Belonging (2023), Dr. Sadeghi explored 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 have the Iranian Revolution of 1979, 1980 Hostage Crisis, the 2010 International Sanctions, 2015 Refugee Crisis in Germany, 2016 Iran Deal, the Presidency of Donald Trump, the 2017 Executive Ban on Immigration and Travel aka “Muslim Ban,”  and the recent de-certification of the Iran Deal produced a climate that persistently racializes and politicizes Iranian communities in the US and Germany.

Most recently, Dr. Sadeghi returned to Germany in the spring of 2024 as a visiting fellow at the Berlin Institute for Empirical Integration and Migration Research (BIM) to examine how the 2015 migration crisis has evolved over the past nine years, how German and migrant-centered organizations have responded to the refugee crisis, and to document the experiences of refugees and migrants from the greater Middle East and North Africa. She is currently in the process of conducting ethnographic research and in-depth interviews with individuals in the State Office for Refugee Affairs, various German NGOs, nonprofit refugee and migrant organizations, and advocacy groups, and speaking with individual migrants and refugees from the greater Middle East and North Africa who have come to Germany over the past decade.



Media Appearances:

BBC Persia:  

Los Angeles Times:

Interviews and Podcasts:


Book Talks and Speaking Engagements:

Princeton University, Mossavar-Rahmani Center Princeton University: