Haleh Afshar is Professor of Politics & Women's Studies at the University of York, where she teaches courses on Islam and the Middle East. She is also the Visiting Professor of Islamic Law at the Faculte Internationale de Droit Compare at Strasbourg. She was born and raised in Iran where she worked as a journalist and a civil servant. She has served as the Chair for the British Association of Middle Eastern Studies and Deputy Chair of the British Council's Gender and Development Task Force.

Prof. Afshar is a founding member of the Muslims Women's Network and its current Chair. She has served on the UK Home Office's Working Group on 'engaging with women', and is a member of the Home Office's Preventing Extremism Together Working Group. In 2005 she was awarded an OBE for services to equal opportunities.

Haleh Afshar has written extensively on Iran and Iranian politics both for academia and the media in Europe, the United States, the Middle East and South East Asia. Her books include Islam and Feminisms: An Iranian Case Study (Macmillan, 1998), and Islam and the Post Revolutionary State in Iran (Macmillan, 1994). She has also edited 13 books on Women and Development.