Zahra is a comparative legal scholar interested in teaching and writing about contracts, torts, digital privacy, and technology & the law. She enjoys relying on rules and principles of tort and contract law in resolving some of the challenges of emerging technological developments. Her second strand of scholarly interest is Islamic law, particularly private law and the global implications of social media use in Muslim majority countries. In her research, Zahra thinks about how the legal problems and their proposed solutions can contribute to the well-being of the society, both mental and physical.
Zahra's research has been published or is forthcoming in Cardozo Law Review and Buffalo Law Review, among others. She has also contributed to the Harvard Journal of Law and Technology Digest and Harvard Islamic Law Blog. She is a frequent contributor to the Iranian newspaper Etemad where she writes on comparative legal topics.
Zahra holds a doctorate (S.J.D.) from Fordham Law School. In her doctorate dissertation, she analyzed the role of public policy and unconscionability in negligence lawsuits that involve the express assumption of risk defense.At Fordham, Zahra was also a fellow at the Institute on Religion, Law, & Lawyer’s Work. Zahra earned an LL.M. from the George Washington University Law School, where she received the full-tuition Thomas Buergenthal Scholarship. She also has an LL.M. (Summa Cum Laude) and an LL.B. (Magna Cum Laude) from the University of Tehran School of Law and Political Science.
She speaks Farsi as her native language and is proficient in French, Arabic. She has a basic knowledge of the programming languages Swift and Python. Zahra is licensed to practice law in the State of New York and Iran.