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2023 Faculty Election

Claudia Yaghoobi

Running for: Faculty Executive Committee
  • Associate Professor and Director
  • Asian and Middle Eastern Studies, College of Arts and Sciences
  • Appointed: 2016
  • PhD, University of California at Santa Barbara
  • Candidate Website
UNC Service

Director, Center for Middle East and Islamic Studies, 2022-2026
Member, Faculty Council, UNC Faculty Governance, 2022-2025
Member, Ackland Academic Advisory Committee, 2022-2025
Member, Teaching Award Committee, Chapman Family Awards, UNC-Chapel Hill, 2022-23
Member, Advisory Board, Institute for the Arts and Humanities, 2021-2024
Member, Fellows Selection Committee, Institute for the Arts and Humanities, 2021-2024
Member, Ferdowsi Tusi Millennium Memorial Endowment Persian Literature and Culture Graduate Paper Award Committee, 2018-
Member, Executive Committee, Duke-UNC Consortium for Middle East Studies, 2017-2018 and 2021-2022

Candidate Statement

My teaching and research focus on underrepresented populations, and my service is informed by working toward action, founded on the qualities of equitability, justness, and awareness of structural biases. I strive to be understanding of historical and intergenerational hardships, as well as the personal and individual challenges of those around me. My vision is built around service as an approach to compassion and community. I pay close attention to structural inequity within student, faculty, and staff access to resources, recognition of their skills and abilities, and retention. My goal is to provide opportunities to engage research and teaching to counteract the inequities that racial/ethnic minoritized, low-income, LGBTQ+, and/or first-generation students, faculty, and staff experience in higher education.

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