Maral Sahebjame is an interdisciplinary scholar of Middle East studies, anthropology, and sociolegal studies. She received her Ph.D. in Near and Middle Eastern Studies from the University of Washington. Using ethnographic research methods, her project, "Between the Courtroom and the Seminary," examines debates and discussions about gender rights and practices among legal experts and Islamic scholars in contemporary Iran. This project builds on her dissertation research which shows that through their everyday practices, Iranians control the legal debates around gender rights much more than observers realize. In so doing, her project intervenes in sociolegal theories about social movements and social change through a non-Americentric lens, and in anthropological debates about the porosity of everyday Islam.