College of Liberal and Fine Arts

Nazgol Bagheri, Ph.D.

Associate Professor

Department of Political Science and Geography

Research area: Urban Geography, Feminist Geography, GIScience, Middle East

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Phone: (210)458-8256

Office: MS 4.03.30

Office hours: Online by appointment

Curriculum Vitae


Academic Center Affiliate: Department of Geography and the Environment, UT-Austin

Dr. Bagheri was born and grew up in Tehran.  She started to enjoy the complexity of urban landscapes in high school when she observed the city while riding the bus. She received a Bachelor of Architecture in September 2004, a Bachelor of Computer Science in September 2006, and a Master of Urban Design in November 2007 from the National University of Iran (Shahid Beheshti). She worked as an architect for urban projects at an international design firm between 2004 and 2007.  She earned her Interdisciplinary Ph.D. in Geography and Sociology from University of Missouri-Kansas City in 2013.

Dr. Bagheri is interested in navigating disciplinary terrain in Geography, Urban Planning, and Social Anthropology to develop a working theoretical model to account for changes in the use and design of public space and the unique relationship between the aesthetics of modern planning, the gendering of spatial boundaries, and the contingent nature of public space in Middle Eastern contexts.

Dr. Bagheri is the Graduate Program Coordinator for the Geography and Environmental Sustainability Program. She is also the coordinator of the COLFA GIS Lab and the organizer of the international GIS day celebrations. Please contact her should you have any inquiries regarding the graduate program and/or the COLFA GIS Lab. Dr. Bagheri is a proud recipient of the 2017 President's Distinguished Teaching Excellence Achievement Award at UTSA.

Recent Courses

GRG 2013: World Regional Geography (Undergraduate; 2014, 2015, 2016)

GRG 3314: Introduction to Geographic Information Systems (GIS) (Undergraduate; 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016)

GRG 3334: Advanced GIS (2015, 2016)

GRG 3513: Urban Geography (Undergraduate; 2013, 2014, 2015,2016)

GRG 3653: Gender and Cities: An Introduction to Feminist Geography (Undergraduate; 2014, 2015, 2016)

GRG 4953: Urban Sustainability in Global Contexts (Undergrad 2016)

GRG 6973: Seminar in Urban Sustainability in Global Contexts (Graduate level: 2016)

GRG 5323: Seminar in Urban Geography (Graduate level; 2014, 2015)

GRG 5543: Special Topics in Feminist geography (Graduate level; 2016)

GRG 5913: Design and Management of GIS (Graduate level; 2014, 2015)

THINKING SPATIALLY: 24-hour GIS Workshop for UTSA Faculty (summer 2015 and 2016; funded by an institutional seed grant from the Office for the Vice President for Research, UTSA)

Online Teaching Revisited. Lessons from the Trenches, UTSA Faculty Success Center and Academy of Distinguished Teaching Scholars. 2020

Introduction to Python Programming offered by UTSA Training & Development. 2020

Research in Progress

Trained as an architect and urban planner, Dr. Bagheri is interested in working closely with residents, community activists, and artists to better understand the correlations between design, human behaviors, and cultural differences. Her current work connects three complimentary areas: feminist politics, urban design, and the social production of space. Dr. Bagheri applies empowering and innovative approaches such as Geo-Ethnography and Qualitative Geographic Information Systems (QGIS) that often makes the invisible visible. She is committed to challenge as well as enrich the Anglo-American hegemonic geographical theories through studying the people whose stories are often unheard including women and other minorities.

She enjoys international collaborative projects; currently she is working on a project about the status of feminist geographic research and teaching in Iranian universities with colleagues in Tehran as well as an interdisciplinary project about Japanese women’s spatial movement in Tokyo.

Recent Publications

2022. Bagheri, N, and Yates. J. “Balancing it all”: The implications of the COVID-19 pandemic on working mothers in Texas, The Color of COVID-19: The Racial Inequality of Marginalized Communities Author/editor names: Sharon A. Navarro and Samantha L. Hernandez.

2020. Bagheri, N. Qualitative GIS in Feminist Geographic Research: Its Merits and Limits. For the Routledge Gender and Feminist Geographies. Editors: Anindita Datta, Peter Hopkins, Lynda Johnston, Elizabeth Olson, and Joseli Maria Silva. Routledge Press.

2019. Bagheri, N. Avoiding the “F” word: Feminist Geography in Iran. Gender, Place, & Culture. DOI: 10.1080/0966369X.2019.1586654.

2019. Jones, R. & Bagheri, N. National Warming: An Exercise for World Geography. The Geography Teacher, 16(2): 68-83.

2019. Bagheri. N. & Fluri, J. Circular migrations: Afghans, Special Immigrant Visa, and the geo-economics of gender as international currency. Handbook on Critical Migration Studies. Edited by Katharyne Mitchell, Reece Jones, and Jennifer Fluri. Edward Elgar Press. 13-142.

2018. Bagheri, N. and Driever, S. Geographic Patterns of Language and Bilingualism in the United States. Papers in Applied Geography, 4(1): 83–99.

2017. Bagheri, N. Tehran’s Subway: Gender, mobility, and the repudiation of the ‘proper’ Muslim woman.  Journal of Social and Cultural Geography. 20(3):304-322.

2016. Driever, S. and Bagheri, N. Chapter 4.21 Heritage Languages and Bilingualism in the United States. In Brunn, S. & Kehrein, R. (Eds.) The Changing World Language Map. Springer. ISBN: 978-3-319-73400-2.

2015. Bagheri, N. The Emancipated Flâneuse in Tehran’s Shopping Malls. In Shortell, T. and Brown, E. (Eds.) Walking in International Cities: Quotidian Mobility & Urban Ethnography.  Temple University Press. 83-100.

2015. Bagheri, N. Chapter 18: The Built Environment in the Critical Zone: From Pre- to Postindustrial Cities. In Giardino, J.R. and Houser, C. (Eds.) Principles and Dynamics of the Critical Zone. Elsevier. 563-579.

2015. Driever, S. and Bagheri, N. The Media of New Geography and the Franck-Conger World Letters, Inc. Expedition of 1933-1934. GeoJournal, 80 (6): 893–907.

2015. Bagheri, N. Review of Race and Gender in the Classroom: Teacher, Privilege, and Enduring Social Inequalities. Laurie Cooper Stoll. 2013. Gender, Place, & Culture 22 (4): 583-586.

2014. Bagheri, N. What QGIS Tell and Don’t Tell: Insights from Mapping Women in Tehran’s Public Spaces.  Journal of Cultural Geography, 31(2): 166-178.

2014. Bagheri, N. Mapping Women in Tehran’s Public Spaces: A Geo-visualization Perspective in Feminist Geography. Gender, Place, & Culture. 21(10): 1285-1301.

2014. Bagheri, N. Review of Satisfaction Not Guaranteed: Dilemmas of Progress in Modern Society. Peter N. Stearns. 2012.  Emotion, Space and Society (10): 117–118.

2014. Bagheri, N. Review of Transformative Policy for Poor Women: A New Feminist Framework.  Bina Fernandez. 2012. Journal of International Development (26): 153–154.

2013. Bagheri, N. Review of The World in Brooklyn: Gentrification, Immigration, and Ethnic Politics in a Global City. Judith N. Desena & Timothy Shortell (Eds.). 2012. Tijdschrift voor Economische en Sociale Geografie 104(2): 250–254.

2013. Bagheri, N. Review of Losing Site: Architecture, Memory and Place. Shelley Hornstein. 2011. Emotion, Space and Society (7): 62–63.

2010. Bagheri, N. Compact City: A Climatic Response in Desert Cities of Iran. Journal of Interdisciplinary Research (University of Missouri peer-reviewed journal), 4(1): 35-50.

2008. Bagheri, N. The Built Environment Impacts on Neighborhood’s Social Capital: A Comparative Study of Tehran’s Downtown and Aleppo’s Citadel (in Farsi, Abstract in English), Rahshahr’s Journal of Architecture, Urban Planning, and Design, 19(1): 142-163.


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