Mehrangiz Kar, a human rights lawyer from Iran, is an internationally recognized writer, speaker and activist who advocates for the defense of women’s and human rights in Iran and throughout the Islamic world. Kar also serves as a visiting professor at the Pembroke Center for Teaching and Research on Women at Brown University. The themes of her writings and presentations to audiences in North America and Europe consistently emphasize topics of women’s and democratic legal rights in Iran. She actively works to promote academic freedom and to defend the human rights of scholars worldwide.
Professor Kar has written a memoir, numerous articles in both Farsi and English, and over fifteen books. Selected publications include: Women’s Participation in Politics: Obstacles and Possibilities (2001); The Burned Palms (2001); Violence Against Women in Iran (2000); and Women’s Political Rights in Iran (1997).