The Limits of Whiteness: Iranian Americans and the Everyday Politics of Race

A panel discussion with:

Neda Maghbouleh, Sociology, University of Toronto

Manijeh Moradian, Brandeis University

In this lecture, based on her new book The Limits of Whiteness (2017, Stanford University Press), sociologist Neda Maghbouleh shares the story of how Iranian Americans move across a white/not-white color line in the United States. She documents how teenagers and young adults navigate their ambiguous racial status in childhood homes, American schools and neighborhoods, at a co-ethnic summer camp, and in travels to and from the Iranian “homeland.” A century’s worth of neglected historical and legal evidence contextualizes their stories. hinge that opens or closes the door to whiteness.

Event Information


Thursday, November 9th, 2017

5:00 – 7:00 pm


Richard Ettinghausen Library
Kevorkian Centre
50 Washington Square South
New York, NY 10012


Neda Maghbouleh, Sociology, University of Toronto

Manijeh Moradian, Brandies University