Shahin Gerami

Shahin Gerami

Professor , Sociology and Interdisciplinary Social Sciences

What research questions currently preoccupy you?

I am currently working on a survey of Santa Clara county population regarding interest in Persian/Iranian culture and their opinion on the Nuclear Accord with Iran. This is funded by a grant from the Roshan Cultural Heritage Institute. I am collaborating with Melinda Jackson and Persis Karim. My RSCA award is for qualitative research that examines the effects of media framing on the social construction of two narratives of mass killings: Islamic Terrorism and the Lone Mass Shooter discourses.

What personal factors contributed to your research?

As the cliché goes, write about what you know. My research interests come from my Middle Eastern, Islamic/Persian culture and feminist epistemology.

What has been most challenging in your research?

Finding time between a heavy teaching load, family obligations, and other concerns. I start working on a project during break or summer, and then there is a long delay during the regular semester before I pick up where I left off, and sometimes by then the narrative may have changed.

How has your position in SJSU contributed to your research?

I have been able to collaborate with colleagues who are interested in the Middle East/Afghanistan and Iran in research and grant writing.

A hidden (research) talent:

I am good at seeing pieces of the puzzle but slow at revising and resubmitting!!

One book that changed your life (or research) & why:

During the freshman year at the U of Tehran law school, I got my hands on The Grapes of Wrath—a banned book. The book itself was amazing, but the aftermath changed many lives. My link in the underground circulation was an informant, and the network members were arrested.

A website/journal/newspaper (in your field?) you follow without fail:

I am a member of the Sociologists for Women in Society and follow the site and the email postings.

Advice you’d give to newer faculty or students:

Cultivate patience, if you are not endowed with it!