Fariba Parsa, PhD

Title: Non-Resident Scholar
Company: Middle East Institute
Location: Fairfax, Virginia, United States

Fariba Parsa, PhD, Non-Resident Scholar at the Middle East Institute, has been recognized by Marquis Who’s Who Top Educators for dedication, achievements, and leadership in female empowerment and academia.

A staunch advocate for women’s rights and civil justice, Dr. Parsa derived her inspiration to fight for the rights of women from her unjust experiences in Iran. Motivated to empower women across the globe, she has excelled as the founder and president of Women’s E-Learning in Leadership (WELL) since 2016, a nonprofit organization whose mission is to empower university women through mentorship and community engagement. Alongside this venture, Dr. Parsa contributes to the Self-Empowerment Academy to provide coaching to underserved women, serves as a non-resident scholar at the Middle East Institute-Iran Program in Washington, D.C. and excels as a Persian/Farsi instructor for the Yorktown System Groups since 2020.

Dr. Parsa initially earned a Bachelor of Science in organizational management and a Master of Science in political science from the University of Copenhagen. She subsequently obtained a Doctor of Philosophy in social science from Roskilde University. Soon thereafter, Dr. Parsa completed postdoctoral fellowships in political science and government at the Harvard University Center for Middle Eastern Studies.

Earlier in her career, Dr. Parsa provided her expertise to the George Mason University Center for Women and Gender Studies as a faculty member between 2013 and 2020 as well as to Harvard University as a researcher. She also thrived as a visiting scholar with the University of Maryland. A prolific author of books and book chapters, Dr. Parsa intends to continue empowering women leaders in the coming years.

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