Guity Nashat is a professor of history at the University of Illinois at Chicago and a research fellow at Hoover Institution, Stanford University . She received her B. A. from Barnard College , New York , and her Ph. D. in history from the University of Chicago . She has authored The Origins of Modern Reform in Iran , and co-authored Women in the Middle East and North Africa. She has edited or co-edited Women and Revolution in Iran , The Economics of Life, Women in Iran from the Rise of Islam to 1800 , and Women in Iran from 1800 to the Islamic Republic. Her scholarly output includes articles and reviews for Encyclopaedia Iranica, Iranian Studies, International Journal of Middle East Studies, the Middle East Journal, the Oxford Encyclopedia of the Modern Islamic World, Middle East Studies Association Bulletin , Iran Nameh , American Historical Journal, Women's Studies Encyclopedia, Blackwell's Companion to Gender History, and the International History Review. Her work has been translated into Arabic, Chinese, Italian, Japanese, and Spanish. She has lectured on Iranian and Middle Eastern women, the Iranian Constitutional Revolution, and Islamist movements at many international venues, including Beijing and Tokyo. She has appeared on numerous television and radio programs. She has served on the board of the Society for Iranian studies, and chaired and organized sessions at the Middle Eastern Studies Association meetings. She is currently on the advisory board of the International Qajar Studies Association. She has been the recipient of a Ford Foundation Fellowship, Social Science Research Council fellowships, and a fellowship at the Humanities Institute, the University of Illinois at Chicago. She is currently working on a book-length monograph tentatively entitled, "The Origins and Evolution of Government in Early Islam."