Dr. Roksana Bahramitash is a sociologist who earned her PhD from McGill University and has focused on social justice and poverty from a gender perspective. Her first book is a critique of neo-liberal economic policy in Southeast Asia, Liberation from Liberalization: Gender and Globalization in Southeast Asia (Zed, 2005, reprinted in India 2008, translated into Persian). She is the winner of many awards, two of which were postdoctoral projects granted by the Canadian Social Science and Humanities Research Council; and has taught at McGill and Concordia University. Bahramitash has worked with international development agencies, including the Canadian International Development Agency (CIDA), the International Development Research Centre (IDRC), and the World Bank. Bahramitash is the author of several refereed journal articles and books: Veiled Employment: Islamism and the Political Economy of Women's Employment in Iran (Syracuse University Press, co-editor Hadi Salehi-Esfahani 2011); Gender in Contemporary Iran: Pushing the Boundaries (Rutledge, co-editor Eric Hooglund 2011); and Gender and Entrepreneurship in Iran: Microenterprise and the Informal Sector (Palgrave Macmillan Lt. 2013). She produced a documentary on women in Afghanistan, Beyond the Borqua. Bahramitash is currently a visiting scholar at the University of Montreal; she holds the Chair of Islam, Globalization and Pluralism.