Dr Nina Ansary

Dr Nina Ansary

Past Visiting Fellow and Patron

Centre for Women, Peace and Security

Key Expertise
Women's Rights,

About me

Dr. Nina Ansary is an award-winning author, historian, and women's rights advocate. As a UN Women Global Champion for Innovation, she regularly presents her work on the transformative role women are playing in global affairs at multilateral conferences and universities in the US and the UK, including Columbia, Harvard, Oxford and Cambridge.

Nina is the author of Anonymous Is a Woman: A Global Chronicle of Gender Inequality (Revela Press/March 2020) included in Smithsonian Magazine’s “Books of the Week” and listed by Buzzfeed as “17 Brilliant Books That You Won’t Struggle to Finish”; and Jewels of Allah: The Untold Story of Women in Iran (Revela Press/2015). The books garnered numerous awards, including the 2016 International Book Award in “Women’s Issues” (Jewels of Allah) and the 2021 IndieReader Discovery Award in “History" and the 2021 Next Generation Indie Book Award in “Education/Academic (Anonymous Is a Woman). Nina is the recipient of the 2020 Outstanding Alumni Award from Columbia University Graduate School of Arts and Sciences (GSAS), the 2019 Ellis Island Medal of Honor, and the 2018 Trailblazer Award from Barnard College, Columbia University. She has been recognized by The Hill as one of “10 Inspirational Women (that) Should Be Household Names” and been featured in a variety of publications, including Time Magazine, Forbes.com, Newsweek, The Los Angeles Times, The New York Times, Elle, Teen Vogue and the Yale Journal of International Affairs. She has appeared on Larry King, Fox News, Sky News, CNN International and the BBC.

Nina is an expert for the Women’s Media Center (WMC) SheSource and holds an MA in Middle Eastern, South Asian and African Studies and a PhD in History from Columbia University. She serves on the International Advisory Board of the Cambridge Middle East and North Africa Forum (MENAF), a think-tank based at the University of Cambridge, and the Board of Trustees of the Iranian American Women Foundation (IAWF). Connect with Nina at ninaansary.com and on Twitter (@drninaansary), Instagram (@ninaansary), and Facebook (facebook.com/ninaansary).