Elham Hoominfar is a doctoral student in Sociology Department, focusing on social aspects of disaster. She finished her first master’s degree in the sociology of development at the University of Tehran, where she also got her bachelor’s degree in sociology. Her first thesis in UT was focused on gender socialization. She used qualitative methods such as participant observation and focus group discussion to analyze changes occurring in gender socialization in a village near Tehran. She also established and was secretary of the Historical Sociology section of the Iranian Sociological Association.
Before she left Iran, she maintained an active research agenda and she has been involved in various research and teaching projects in different institutes. She focused on underpowered populations and examined issues such as social development, social justice, and natural disasters in an array of research publications and books. In addition to her research, she also taught the principles of sociology, anthropology, and the sociology of disaster at the post-diploma and bachelor degree levels in the University of Applied Science, part of the Natural Disaster Research Institute of Iran.
She received her second master’s in Cross-Cultural and International Education program (MACIE) at Bowling Green State University, in Bowling Green, Ohio. Her thesis was related to bilingual education in Iran. She used qualitative research methods including in-depth interviews with Kurdish and Azeri students and teachers, as well as education experts. During her time in BGSU, she was a research assistant and worked with a faculty on a multicultural analysis of migrant religions and state schooling in 21 Western countries.
Her academic interests are Sociology of Disaster, Cross Cultural Education, Social Changes, Environment and Natural Resources, Qualitative Research, Inequality and Women studies, Critical Theory and Social Justice.