Dr. Nina Ansary


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Dr. Nina Ansary

Author, Historian, and Women's Rights Advocate

Dr. Nina Ansary is an award-winning Iranian-American author, historian, and women's rights advocate. As a UN Women Global Champion for Innovation and Visiting Fellow at the London School of Economics Centre for Women, Peace & Security, she regularly presents her work on women's rights and the impact of systemic gender discrimination at universities and conferences in the US and UK, including Columbia, Oxford, Cambridge, and Harvard, as well as the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace in Washington D.C, and the World Affairs Councils of America.

Nina is the author of Anonymous Is a Woman: A Global Chronicle of Gender Inequality (March 2020) included in Smithsonian Magazine’s “Books of the Week” and listed by Buzzfeed as “17 Brilliant Books That You Won’t Struggle to Finish”; and Jewels of Allah: The Untold Story of Women in Iran (2015), which garnered numerous awards – including the 2016 International Book Award in “Women’s Issues.” She is the recipient of the 2020 Outstanding Alumni Award from Columbia University Graduate School of Arts and Sciences (GSAS), the 2019 Ellis Island Medal of Honor, and the 2018 Trailblazer Award from Barnard College, Columbia University. Nina has been recognized as one of “14 Privileged Women to Change the World” by Marie Claire and selected as one of “6 Women Who Build Bridges Not Walls” by The New York Times. She has appeared on Larry King, Sky News and the BBC, as well as a variety of publications, including Forbes.com, CNN.com, The Hill, Newsweek, the Los Angeles Times, Los Angeles magazine, Elle, Teen Vogue and the Yale Journal of International Affairs.

Nina is an expert for the Women’s Media Center (WMC) SheSource and holds an MA in Middle Eastern, South Asian and African Studies and a PhD in History from Columbia University. She serves on the International Advisory Board of the University of Cambridge Middle East and North Africa Forum (MENAF), the Board of Directors of the New York-based organization The Center for Human Rights in Iran (CHRI), and the Board of Trustees of the Iranian American Women Foundation (IAWF).

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