Leva Zand was born in 1981 in north of Iran where she spent most of her childhood. She moved to the United State in 2004 to continue her education which she had already started at Law School in Iran. She started her education in the US in Sociology (with two minors in Religious Studies and Middle Eastern Studies-all three with concentration on women and gender issues) and received her bachelor’s degree from California State University, Sacramento in 2009. She worked actively with South Asian refugee population in the first three years of her residency in Sacramento and worked as an advocate for women’s shelter- victims of domestic violence- as well as being program assistant in Women’s Resource Center at her school. In 2008, for nine months she produced a weekly program about Iranian women and their issues and achievements in Radio Zamaneh. She has been writing actively in her blog, baloot at www.balootak.com since March 2006. She is currently working on her PhD in Feminist Studies at University of California, Santa Barbara. Leva’s undergraduate research was about sexual narratives of Iranian women in their blogs. She is interested in studying religion and new media comparatively in sexual narratives of contemporary Iranian women.
Department: Feminist Studies