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Roxanne Bibizadeh


Research Fellow

Room: MB1.15
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Dr. Roxanne Ellen Bibizadeh’s thesis entitled ‘Freedom and Unfreedom in the Literature of the Iranian and Arab Diaspora’ offers an original contribution to the conceptualisation of freedom by drawing on three key theoretical frameworks: feminism, international human rights law and philosophies of freedom.

Roxanne has received a prestigious award for her innovative teaching and module design. She won the Warwick Awards for Teaching Excellence for PGR Students (2013-2014), and has been nominated for the award on three occasions.

In 2015 Roxanne won an Academic Fellowship with IATL to create and deliver a new module ‘Censorship and Society’. She became interested in social media and the Internet as developing areas where there are real challenges surrounding censorship and freedom.

In 2016-2018 she took a leading role in an ESRC IAA Digital Wildfire project, designing and conducting workshops with over one hundred secondary school students and teachers to investigate how social media affects the everyday lives of young people.

In 2018-2019, in collaboration with Dr Rashmi Varma, she won another Academic Fellowship with IATL to create a new interdisciplinary module ‘Feminist Dissent: Theory, Practice and Resistance’.

As an IAS Early Career Innovation Fellow and Research Fellow in the Department of Computer Science Roxanne is leading a project entitled ‘Digital Ethics and Online Governance’.




  • "Mastering Cyberspace and Digital Behaviours: From Passivity and Prohibition to Educational Empowerment"

In Print:

  • Book Chapter: "'Death to freedom, death to captivity': Beyond Shahriar Mandanipour's 'Islamic' Love Story" in Iran and the West: Cultural Perceptions from the Sasanian Empire to the Islamic Republic. Edited by Dr David Bagot and Dr Margaux Whiskin. IB Tauris 2018
  • Peer Reviewed Journal Article: "Women in Exile: Islam and disempowerment in Fadia Faqir's My Name is Salma" - HARTS & Minds: The Bristol Journal of Humanities and Arts - Spring Edition - Against the Grain - Reimagining in the Humanities and Arts - 14 March 2013.
  • Book Review - Brooklyn Heights by Miral al-Tahawy - The Warwick Review - Friday 14th June 2013
  • Book Chapter: "Women in Exile: Islam and disempowerment in Fadia Faqir's My Name is Salma". Islam and the West: A Love Story? Edited by Dr Sumita Mukherjee and Dr Sadia Zulfiqar. April 2015.
  • Book Chapter: "Othering the Muslimah: "Islamiciz[ing] the process of writing back" in Leila Aboulela's The Translator and Minaret". Mapping the Self: Place, Identity, Nationality. Edited by Dr Nissa Parmar, Anna Hewitt and Professor Alex Goody. May 2015.