Mariam Durrani

Philadelphia, Fall 2014

Philadelphia, Fall 2014

I am an anthropologist, a teacher, a writer, a media-maker, a feminist, and a committed advocate for social justice.

I am an assistant professor of anthropology at Hamilton College in Clinton, New York. I completed my joint PhD in anthropology and education at the University of Pennsylvania in 2016, followed by a postdoctoral fellowship at the Harvard Graduate School of Education. I teach courses on the anthropology of Muslim youth, feminist ethnography, linguistic and semiotic anthropology, and the anthropology of migration/mobility.

As a feminist scholar, I hope to make a critical impact by shifting how research and public discourses engage with the category of ‘Muslim’, bearing in mind contemporary framings of the Muslim figure as the axis where questions of cultural difference, politics, and ethics meet. My research brings together scholarship on transnational Muslim youth communities, migration and mobility, racial and gender-based approaches to regimes of mobility, and neoliberalism and its institutions. My approach to research draws on critical engagements with semiotics, intersectionality, and multimodal and critical visual methodologies.  

My academic work has been published in Anthropology News, CUNY Forum, and Working Papers in Educational Linguistics. I also write journalistic-editorial essays for Religion Dispatches, the Cultural Anthropology blog, and the Harvard Divinity Bulletin.