Mehra Shirazi is assistant professor of Women, Gender, and Sexuality Studies at Oregon State University. Dr. Shirazi is a bicultural, bilingual community-engaged scholar with a broad background in health behavior. Her work is grounded in postcolonial feminist scholarship that focuses on health in the global context of race, gender, immigration, and environment.
Her particular focus is on health inequities among immigrant/refugee women, specifically on the socio-cultural barriers limiting access to breast health and lifesaving prevention and care through the utilization of Community Based Participatory Research (CBPR). Shirazi’s scholarship also addresses transnational praxis and pedagogy through critical studies of culture, lived experience, and narratives of decolonization with publications on Muslim mothering, family relationships in Iranian film, anti-racist pedagogy, and gendered Islamophobia. Her work has been published in the Journal of International Women’s Health, Journal of Psycho-Oncology, the Journal of Religion and Health, Progress in Community Health Partnerships, and Narrative Inquiry in Bioethics, Films for the Feminist Classroom, and Atlantis: Critical Studies in Gender, Culture, and Social Justice.