Amir Khaghani is a PhD student in Global and Socio-Cultural studies program. Amir is focused on public space and built environment in Middle East. He is interested in conducting research on how urban public spaces and structures shape the social and political movements and behaviors in MENA. Prior to coming to FIU, Amir received a BSc in Political Science from Shahid Beheshti University of Tehran (Iran National University) and Master’s degree in Middle East and North Africa Studies from University of Tehran. In his Master’s thesis he evaluated parliament buildings in Cairo and Beirut as formal public spaces in terms of the extent of enabling socio-political movements in their respective spaces.
He has also attended cleric school back in Iran, in search of Shia and Islamic political thought basis and it’s role in current Middle Eastern urban life.