Azadeh Ghanizadeh is a graduate of the Oregon State University School of Writing, Literature, and Film where she studied literature and culture. She received her undergraduate degree in philosophy at the University of Oregon and wrote her honors thesis on women and gender in Islam with an emphasis on anti-colonial Islamic movements. She is broadly interested in social and political philosophy with a focus on globalization, internationalism, and asylum.
Her family moved to the United States in 1999 as refugees, influencing her interest in how meaning is created and uncovered through language. Her current work examines regimes of transnational mobility and the politics and discourses of international asylum. In this vein, her work views different and contending interpretations of refugee and refugee protection from within a postcolonial studies and transnational feminist framework.