Meet Lara-Zuzan Golesorkhi, 2021 Advancing Research Grants for Early Career Scholars Recipient

Lara-Zuzan Golesorkhi

Project Title: Integration and Anti-Discrimination at Crossroads – Muslim Refugee Women in the German Labor Market

Dr. Lara-Zuzan Golesorkhi is an Assistant Professor of Political Science and Global Affairs and the Co-Director of the Gender, Women, and Sexuality Studies Program at the University of Portland (USA). Her work is concerned with issues that pertain to the intersection of migration and gender in a global context. Golesorkhi’s scholarship examines how gender dynamics configure into migration experiences in origin-, passing-, and destination countries, and how these experiences are informed by structural factors.

Her latest publications include: “Protection by whom, for whom? Muslim refugee women face a contested European identity” in Studies in Ethnicity and Nationalism and “Women, Peace, and Security in the Venezuelan Situation: Centering Civil Society Efforts and Envisioning the Role of the United Nations” in Ideas for Peace by the United Nations University of Peace.

Golesorkhi is also the Founder, Executive Director, and Advocacy Director at the Center for Migration, Gender, and Justice (CMGJ). CMGJ is a non-profit NGO that addresses migrant rights and gender justice through education, research, and advocacy. Most recently, Golesorkhi curated an event at the United Nations Commission on the Status of Women and directed CMGJ’s Leadership Program which trains migrant youth for collective action against gender-based violence.

About the APSA Advancing Research Grants for Early Career Scholars

The APSA Diversity and Inclusion Advancing Research Grants provide support for the advancement of scholars from historically racial and ethnic underrepresented groups and for research that examines political science phenomena affecting historically underserved communities and underrepresented groups and communities. In December 2021, APSA awarded ten projects for the APSA Diversity and Inclusion Advancing Research Grant for Early Career Scholars for a combined total award amount of $25,000. Read about the funded research projects.