Arlene Dallalfar


Faculty Arlene Dallalfar

Arlene's teaching and scholarship have been focused on examining sociology and feminist theory and pedagogy from a cross-cultural perspective.

Her areas of academic focus and expertise include: sociology, qualitative methodology and ethnography, diaspora and transnationality, gender and globalization, and film and advocacy. At Lesley, she teaches the following courses: Sociology of Family Gender and Globalization Global Social Change Film, Media and Advocacy Dimensions and Methods of Cultural Exploration II. 

Arlene holds a BA from Tufts University, and a MA and PhD from the University of California Los Angeles. 


  • (2011).Transforming Classroom Culture: Inclusive Pedagogical Practices, Edited by Dallalfar,A.; Kingston-Mann,E., Sieber,T. Palgrave Macmillan Press.  Also authored chapter in book titled “Teaching Women’s Lives: Feminist Pedagogy and the Sociological Imagination”.
  • (2010). “Negotiated Allegiances: Contemporary Iranian Jewish Identities” in Contemporary Studies of South Asia, Africa, and the Middle East, 30(2) 
  • (2009). “Fragments of Home: Identity and Empowerment from the Margin”. Crossing Borders, Making Homes: Stories of Resilient Women. Edited by Llera,D., Cathcart,D., Roffman,E. 2009. 
  • (2006). “North America: Economics Informal Sector: Gender Differentiation and the Informal Labor Market”. Encyclopedia of Women and Islamic Cultures. Vol.4; Brill Academic Publishers.