Dr Nina Ansary

Dr Nina Ansary

Visiting Fellow

Centre for Women, Peace and Security

About me

Dr Nina Ansary is a bestselling author, historian, and leading authority on women's rights in Iran. She serves on the Board of Directors of the Pacific Council on International Policy, Board of Trustees at Barnard College and the Iranian-American Women’s Foundation, the Middle East Institute Advisory Board at Columbia University and on Columbia University’s Global Leadership Council. 

Her book ‘Jewels of Allah: The Untold Story of Women in Iran’ received international attention and has been given multiple awards – including the 2016 International Book Award in ‘Women’s Issues’. Marie Claire has profiled Dr Ansary as one of 14 privileged women to change the world and she has been honored as one of ‘The 21 Leaders of the 21st Century’ by Women’s ENews. Other recognitions include a feature in Angeleno Magazine's "Living Legacies of 2016" and selection as one of ‘Five Iranian Visionaries You Need to Know’ by The New York Times. She has appeared on Fox News, Larry King, The BBC and CBS Radio and been featured in The Los Angeles Times, The New York Times, The UK Daily Telegraph, among others.

Dr Ansary has presented at Columbia, Oxford, Cambridge, New York and Harvard University, the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace in Washington D.C., the UN Social Good Summit, as well as worldwide conferences in Dublin, Milan and London. She holds an MA in Middle Eastern Studies and a PhD in History from Columbia University (USA).

Dr Ansary is a regular contributor to The Daily Beast and The Huffington Post and can be found on: Twitter (@drninaansary) | Instagram (@ninaansary) | Facebook (facebook.com/ninaansary).