Curriculum Vitae


PhD Candidate in Planning, Governance and Globalization

  • School of Public and International Affairs, Virginia Tech 2015-present
  • Dissertation Title: Exploring the Connection Between Community Cultural Development and Sustainable Tourism.
  • Current GPA: 3.88

M.S. in Urban Management

  • University of Tehran, 2012 – 2014
  • Thesis Title: Proposing a New Model for Destination Evaluation in Urban Tourism Management, Case Study: Masouleh Historic City, Iran.
  • Overall GPA: 17.59/20. Major GPA: 18.0/20

B.S. in Urban Development Engineering

  • Art University of Tehran, 2007 – 2011
  • Thesis Title: Evaluating Cultural Status of “Enghelab” Street in Tehran Metropolitan.
  • Overall GPA: 17.22/20. Major GPA: 16.92/20


  • Culture, agency and Community Development
  • Economic Development in Small Towns/Rural Areas (see research page for more information)
  • Women Empowerment in Developing Countries
  • Globalization and Urban Identity


Virginia Tech Office of Economic Development, Virginia, USA (May 2018-Present)

Graduate Research Assistant

Virginia Tech Institute for Policy and Governance, Virginia , USA (2015-May 2018)

Graduate research Assistant

Tarh-e- Rah-e-Abrisham Consultant group, Tehran, Iran (2014-July 2015) 

  • Researcher    Analyzing socio-cultural impacts of proposed urban projects

Arash Kamangir Tour Operators (2013-2014)

  • Technical Manager    Planning tailor-made travels for groups, Issuing visa


  • International Council on Monuments and Sites (ICOMOS)
  • American Planning Association (APA)
  • American Association of Geographers (AAG)
  • Nonprofit Academic Centers Council (NACC) Nu Lambda Mu Honors Society
  • Appalachian Studies Association (ASA)


  • 7th International Conference on Environmental Future: Paper Presentation “Community-based Art Making and Environmental Conservation in Hormoz Island, Iran ” , April 2018
  • 42th Annual Appalachian Studies Association: paper Presentation “Exploring the Connection Between Community Cultural Development and Sustainable Tourism in Appalachia”, April 2018
  • American Association of Geographers: Paper Presentation “Local Non-Governmental Organizations’ Role in Glocalization Process in Developing Countries”, April 2017
  • Practices of Public Engagement: Study and practice of human relations and intergroup dialogue facilitation skills, specifically for use in diverse, intercultural contexts, October 2015
  • Documentation of Oudlajan Area in Tehran: Analysis for Development of Proposals for Recovery and Requalification of the Urban Landscape, September 2012
  • Tehran Persian Identity: Challenges and Strategies. December 2012


  • Persian: Mother tongue
  • English: Fluent in speaking and writing
  • French: Fluent in speaking and writing

You can download the pdf version of my CV here.