Mariam Durrani


As a feminist scholar, Mariam Durrani hopes to shift 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 race, politics, gender, and Empire meet.

Mariam is an anthropologist, a teacher, a writer, a media-maker, a feminist, and a committed advocate for social justice. Her research brings together scholarship on transnational Muslim youth communities, migration and mobility, race and gender-based approaches to regimes of mobility, and neoliberalism and its institutions. Her approach to research draws on critical engagements with semiotics, intersectionality, and multimodal and critical visual methodologies.  

She teaches in the anthropology department at Hamilton College in Clinton, New York. Mariam is a non-resident fellow for the think tank Center for Global Policy, first independent, non-partisan American think tank working exclusively on issues at the intersection of U.S. foreign policy and Muslim geopolitics.

Her academic work has been published in Anthropology News, CUNY Forum, and Working Papers in Educational Linguistics as well as chapters in the edited volumes: Language and Social Justice: Case Studies on Communication and the Creation of Just Societies and Oxford Handbook of Language and Race. She also writes journalistic-editorial essays for Religion Dispatches, the Cultural Anthropology blog, and the Harvard Divinity Bulletin.

Mariam graduated with a 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. She received her Bachelor’s of Science degree from the University of Arizona in systems engineering, with a minor in mathematics. She then completed a Master of Arts from the University of New Mexico in English rhetoric and composition.