Azam Khatam is an instructor in the Faculty of Liberal Arts and Professional Studies at York University. She has a Ph.D. in urban environment from York University and studied sociology at the University of Tehran. She worked as a professional urbanist in Iran for fifteen years and was one of the lead directors of the Tehran Comprehensive Plan (2005). A prominent sociologist, she has served as the head of the urban committee of the Iranian Sociological Association. She is a member of the editorial board of the journal Goftogu (Dialogue) in Iran, senior editor of the Global Iranian Studies Review, and regional representative for the Middle East and West Asia at the International Sociological Association (RC 32).
Her teaching and research interests focus on development politics, cities, local government, and knowledge production. She has published extensively on the transformation of Tehran as a city, the state/space relationship, and on development and social inequality in journals such as Cities, Society & Space, Esprit, MERIP and Jadaliyya.