Elham Hoominfar is a PhD candidate in the Department of Sociology. She is working with Dr. Peggy Petrzelka, and her dissertation is a comparative study between environmental movements in Iran and the U.S. She finished her first master’s degree in the sociology of development at the University of Tehran, Iran, where she also earned her bachelor’s degree in sociology. Before she left Iran, she maintained an active research agenda and she has been involved in various research and teaching projects, and has published work on social development, social justice, and natural disasters. In addition to her research, she also taught the principles of sociology, anthropology, and the sociology of disaster at the University of Applied Science in Iran. She received her second master’s in Cross-Cultural and International Education program (MACIE) at Bowling Green State University, in Ohio. Her academic interests are environmental sociology, sociology of disaster, cross cultural education, social changes, qualitative research, inequality and women studies, critical theory and social justice.