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.

As a feminist scholar, I hope to make a critical impact by shifting how research and public discourse engages 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 communities, migration and mobility, racial and gender-based approaches to (im)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 American Anthropologist, Anthropology News, Anthropology and Education Quarterly, and Working Papers in Educational Linguistics. I have also written journalistic and editorial essays for Religion Dispatches, the Cultural Anthropology blog, the Harvard Divinity Bulletin, and the CUNY Forum. I have received the Society of Linguistic Anthropology Interdisciplinary Public Engagement Award for my contribution to a hate speech workshop for scholars, activists, and lawyers.