MaryRose Wainaina

2023 McNair Scholar, MaryRose Wainaina

University of New Hampshire
McNair Scholar, 2023
Major: Political Science & International Affairs
Mentor: Dr. Jeannie Sowers
Research Title: Social Movements in Iran Since the Green Movement of 2009

Iran had repeatedly been in the headlines for much of 2022 due to human rights violations, discrimination of ethnic groups, and drastic regime changes. With the age of media and incoming generations, protests in Iran have been more vocal and mainstream while crossing bridges between identity groups. The Green Movement brought a new wave of modern civil disobedience under Iran's political climate, which paved the way for the 2022 protest to be widespread and contested among Iranians. This research will link the similarities and differences between the social movements from the 2009 Green Movement until the 2022 protest, as well as the governmental responses. Conducting historical analyses and student-based interviews will provide a contrast between investigative and experienced based research. This research will aim to understand why protests continue to happen and how they have shifted in the past decade, and the approaches the government has taken to improve or worsen conditions.

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