Lois Beck

​Professor of Sociocultural Anthropology
PhD, University of Chicago
research interests:
  • Political Anthropology
  • History
  • Tribe-State Relations
  • Nomadic Pastoralism
  • Islam
  • Gende
  • Iran
  • The Middle East

contact info:

office hours:

  • Tuesday & Thursday 4:00 - 5:00 PM
  • or By Appointment​

mailing address:

  • WASHINGTON UNIVERSITY
  • CB 1114
  • ONE BROOKINGS DR.
  • ST. LOUIS, MO 63130-4899

Professor Beck conducts anthropological field research among Qashqa'i nomadic pastoralists in Iran.

Beck combines the results of this research with her ongoing historical study of the Qashqa'i tribal confederacy as it emerged and has changed during the past two centuries. She also writes about changes in Iranian society in general, particularly the rural sector and the role of women in the Islamic Republic.

For more information, visit Lois Beck's department profile.