Golbarg Bashi was born in Iran, raised in Sweden, and educated in the U.K. and U.S. She received a M.Sc. in Women's Studies from the University of Bristol and her Ph.D. from Columbia University in the City of New York in 2010. For over a decade, Dr. Bashi has designed and taught interdisciplinary courses on various aspects of medieval and modern history of the West Asia, as well as Islamic Art, Critical Methodologies in Middle Eastern Studies, Comparative Human Rights, Gender in the Muslim World, and Representations of Race, Gender and Ethnicity in “Western” Media and Popular Culture.
Her childhood experiences of the Iraq-Iran war and life in Sweden as a refugee have turned her into an advocate for diversity in children’s literature and media. In 2016, she was nominated by the U.S. toy industry “Wonder Woman Award” in the Designer/Inventor category for advancing early childhood education through play for languages using the Arabic and Persian-scripts. Her first children’s book, P is for Palestine: A Palestine Alphabet Book, was published to critical acclaim in November, 2017.
After a full-time career as an academic, she is now focused on diversifying children’s media and empowering children from underrepresented and marginalized countries, communities with gender/race equal, positive, environmentally conscious, educational, and fun social justice stories that inform all of the interconnectedness of world cultures.