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Jaleh Jalili teaches courses in architecture and sociology at Rice University. Trained as an architect and urban designer, she received her doctoral degree in sociology from Brandeis University. Her research interests include urban sociology, social movements, space and place, culture, gender, and inequality. Her work explores how public spaces mediate social relations in rapidly changing urban environments and examines the social, political, and cultural meanings of space. She is a recipient of a dissertation fellowship from the Mellon Foundation for her work on urban development and social change in Tehran. She has presented extensively at conferences and her published articles appear in a variety of outlets including Social Problems, Sociological Perspectives, Sociology Compass, The Middle East Journal, Frontiers, and as book chapters in edited volumes.


Ph.D. Brandeis University
M.A. Urban Design, University of Tehran
B.Arch. Beheshti University
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