The Limits of Whiteness: Iranian Americans and the Everyday Politics of Race

Lecture | October 25 | 12-1:30 p.m. | 340 Stephens Hall

 Neda Maghbouleh, University of Toronto

 Center for Middle Eastern Studies, Center for Race and Gender, Department of Ethnic Studies

In this talk, based on her new book The Limits of Whiteness (2017, Stanford University Press), sociologist Neda Maghbouleh shares the curious, under-theorized story of how Iranian Americans move across a white/not-white color line. By contextualizing ethnographic data with neglected historical and legal evidence, she offers new evidence for how a “white” American immigrant group can become “brown,” and what such a transformation says about race in North America today.

Born in New York City and raised in Portland, Oregon, Neda Maghbouleh is Assistant Professor of Sociology at the University of Toronto. Her research addresses the everyday lives of racialized people, including a new study of Syrian refugees in Toronto, funded by the Government of Canada, Ministry of Immigration, Refugees, and Citizenship.

Co-sponsored by the Center for Middle Eastern Studies, the Center for Race & Gender, Asian American and Asian Diaspora Studies Program, the Department of Ethnic Studies, and SFSU’s Center for Iranian Diaspora Studies., 510-642-8208