Mary Elaine Hegland
Santa Clara University

Mary Elaine Hegland has a Ph.D. in social cultural anthropology, and teaches in the Anthropology Department and Women and Gender Studies at Santa Clara University in California . She has published about politics, Shi'a rituals and revolution in village Iran ; women, politics and Shi'a rituals in Iran and Peshawar ; and Iranian grandparents in the US . Her current research interests are aging and the elderly in Iran and among Iranian Americans in the US; social change, urbanization and modernization in an Iranian village; and women's education, identity, and family relations in the village of Aliabad and nearby Shiraz in Iran.