Nazgol Bagheri, Ph.D.

Associate Professor, Political Science and Geography

Nazgol Bagheri


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.


  • 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 Interests

  • Urban Geography
  • Feminist Geography
  • GIScience
  • Middle East

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