A few weeks ago, Roja Fazaeli successfully defended her doctoral dissertation at the Irish Centre for Human Rights. It deals with perspectives on feminism in Islam, and is entitled: 'The Fifth Generation of Islamic Feminists: Rights, Interpretations and Activisms.' Roja was a recipient of an Irish Research Council for the Humanities and Social Sciences doctoral fellowship.
A few days ago, Roja confirmed to me that she has been appointed lecturer in the new Islamic studies programme at Trinity College Dublin. Congratulations, Roja.
The photo was taken after Roja's viva, and shows her with the jury, from left, Dr Nadia Bernaz (NUI Galway), Roja, Professor Martha Fineman (Emory University) and myself.
Roja is the seventeenth doctoral student to complete her studies at the Irish Centre for Human Rights since the first graduations, in 2005. She is the twelfth to obtain a university lectureship. The other five are gainfully employed as lawyers, think tankers, human rights trianers and legal advisors to international tribunals.
By the way, Roja is a keen blogger, and refers us to a recent article that she wrote with Liz Bucar on weblogers in Iran : http://journals.cambridge.org/action/displayIssue?jid=MES&volumeId=40&issueId=03.