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Mariam Durrani  
e-mail: mdurrani@gmail.com
www.mariamdurrani.com

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EDUCATION

Ph.D. (expected graduation 2015): University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, PA
ABD--Doctoral Candidate in Joint Degree Ph.D. Program
    Educational Linguistics from the Graduate School of Education
    Anthropology from the School of Arts and Sciences
Passed Dissertation Proposal Hearing in December 2012

M.A. (2004-2006): University of New Mexico, Albuquerque, NM
Master’s Degree in English—Writing and Rhetoric
    Thesis Title: Ambiguating the Agent—Transcultural Writers and Their Rhetorical Authority
Graduated with Distinction 

B. S. (1999-2003): University of Arizona, Tucson, AZ
Bachelor’s Degree in Systems Engineering    Minor Concentration: Mathematics    

TEACHING POSITIONS  

Hunter College, CUNY, New York City, New York (September 2013 – December 2013)
Adjunct Faculty Member 
  Course Title: Structure of Modern English

Lahore University of Management Sciences, Lahore, Pakistan (January 2013 ~ June 2013)
Adjunct Faculty Member
  Self-designed Course: Educational Anthropology: Teaching and Learning

University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania (January 2012 ~ May 2012)
Teaching Assistant for Dr. Ameena Ghaffar-Kucher in Graduate School of Education 
  Course Title: Education, Development and Globalization

Lahore University of Management Sciences, Lahore, Pakistan (November 2008 ~March 2009)
Adjunct Teaching Fellow
  Courses: First-year writing course (expository and argumentative writing)

Aga Khan University, Karachi, Pakistan (February 2008~July 2008)
  Courses: Visual Communication (Humanities and Social Science Elective Course for first-year medical students; elective course designed to help student “read” visual images, specifically advertisements in Karachi, in the context of contemporary Pakistani society. 
  Critical Reading and Writing Workshop for first-year Ph.D. students (Pilot Course—sponsored by Faculty of Arts and Sciences and Medical College; Special Permission was granted by Medical College Dean to teach this workshop)

Lahore University of Management Sciences, Lahore, Pakistan (Aug 2006 ~ Dec 2007)
Teaching Fellow/ Writing Instructor
  Courses: First-year writing courses (expository and argumentative writing); Comparative Rhetoric (advanced persuasive writing)

University of New Mexico, Albuquerque, NM (August 2004 ~ May 2006)
University Writing Instructor
  Courses: First-year writing courses (expository and argumentative writing); Representations of Women Writing Course; Exploring International Issues (writing course; co-taught with Dean of University College)

PUBLICATIONS 

Academic Articles

  • Working Paper in Educational Linguistics  "Banishing Colonial Specters: Language Ideology and Education Policy in Pakistan” for Volume 27, Issue 1 (Spring 2012)

Book Reviews

  • Anthropology and Education Quarterly, “Book Review of Julie Byrd Clark's "Multilingualism, Identity and Citizenship" (Forthcoming 2012)
  • Language Policy, "Book Review of "Social Justice through Multilingual Education"  Tove Skutnabb-Kangas, Robert Phillipson, Ajit K. Mohanty and Minati Panda (eds)." for Volume 10, Number 3 (2011)
  • The South Asian Review, “Book Review of Mohsin Hamid’s The Reluctant Fundamentalist” (Vol. 29, No. 1, June/July 2008, South Asian Literary Association, University of Pittsburgh at Johnstown)

Other Publications

  •  Bookgroup, Two Urdu children’s storybooks; published in Spring 2010
  • Daily Times, Pakistani English daily newspaper; contributed opinions articles (www.dailytimes.com.pk)
  • Title: “Futility of Defining Language”, published May 11, 2007
  • Title: “No light matter, this plagiarism”, published April 22, 2007
  • Title: “Marketing Local Voices“, published June 3, 2007

ACADEMIC EXPERIENCE 

Lahore University of Management Sciences, Lahore, Pakistan (November 2008 ~March 2009)
Academic Writing Center Coordinator 

  • Independently composed primary text package for freshmen writing course 
  • Devised and taught tutor training workshop and corresponding manual on writing pedagogies and tutoring strategies
  • Designed and coordinated the first annual LUMS “Teaching of Writing” Conference to create dialogue and discussion about writing standards, expectations and pedagogies
  • Coordinated the center’s administrative tasks—annual budget, daily hours, salaries, disciplinary/conduct policy implementation
  • Presented monthly reports to the head of the department and Dean of Humanities and Social Sciences

Faculty of Arts and Sciences, Aga Khan University, Karachi, Pakistan (January 2008 ~November 2008)
Curriculum Development Coordinator and Lecturer

  • Coordinated the development of a liberal arts model-based four-year degree for Aga Khan University
  • Supported the development of a 25-year faculty and administrative recruitment plan and worked on its budget plan
  • Planned curriculum and student life for an early start program, as well as Link Road campus
  • Assisted the academic planning team in discussions about admissions, student body planning, and other start-up related issues
  • Authored and presented various documents for senior management meetings regarding academic planning
  • Developed the conceptual framework for the Student Learning Center and Teaching and Learning Center, eventual cornerstones of FAS academic support 

Lahore University of Management Sciences, Lahore, Pakistan (January 2007 ~December 2007)
Academic Writing Center Founder and Coordinator 

  • Proposed the project of an academic writing center designed to assist the writing curriculum requirements at LUMS
  • Initiated a search for writing tutors—hired desirable candidates after self-designed three-step application process
  • Constructed tutor training workshop and corresponding manual on writing pedagogies and tutoring strategies
  • Coordinated the center’s administrative tasks—daily hours, salaries, disciplinary/conduct policy implementation
  • Presented monthly reports to the head of the department and Dean of Humanities and Social Sciences

HONORS, GRANTS, AWARDS 

March 2013      

Awarded the School of Arts and Sciences Dissertation Research Fellowship from the                 University of Pennsylvania

February 2013        

Awarded the Zwicker Fund for Doctoral Research in South Asia from the Department of                 Anthropology at the University Pennsylvania 

December 2012        

Received Conference Travel Grant from Fontaine Society to attend American Anthropological Association Annual Meeting 2012 

November 2011        

Received Conference Travel Grant from UPenn Graduate and Professional  Student Association to attend AAA Meeting 2011

May 2011        

Received Conference Travel Grant from GSE to attend GURT 2011

December 2010        

Received Conference Travel Grant from Fontaine Society to attend American Anthropological Association Annual Meeting 2010 

November 2010        

Received Conference Travel Grant from GSE to attend American Anthropological Association Annual Meeting 2010 

April 2006        

Awarded Dean’s Fellowship for Doctoral Program at GSE-UPenn

April 2006        

Passed Master’s Thesis with Distinction in oral and written presentation

May 2003        

Received Teaching Assistantship at University of New Mexico to cover master’s degree tuition and receive stipend

MEMBERSHIPS 

American Anthropology Association
Society for Linguistic Anthropology
Council on Anthropology and Education
Society for Urban, National, Transnational/Global Anthropology
American Institute of Pakistan Studies 
Comparative and International Education Society

INSTITUTIONAL CONTRIBUTIONS 

At the University of Pennsylvania

  • Organized a Graduate Students with Kids (GSK) university organization and leading first Forum Event (Spring 2012)

At the Aga Khan University 

  • Designed and presented an interactive workshop titled “Innovative approaches for the Teaching of Writing” at the Center for English Language (July 2008)

At the Lahore University of Management Sciences 

  • Selected by the Vice-Chancellor to work on the LUMS Residential College transition project, coordinating the introduction of the Residential College model at the University (December 2008~March 2009)
  • Initiated, hired, trained Hostel Fellows (similar to Resident Assistants) at LUMS for 2007 and 2008 and continued satellite support for the program’s development (November 2007~August 2008)
  • Initiated search for writing faculty at LUMS (February 2007~present)
  • Founding and participating member of the Female Hostel Faculty Advisory Committee (October 2006~Nov 2007)
  • Authored Departmental Plagiarism Policy Document (November 2006)
  • Designed 2006-2007 LMAT (or substitute GMAT) for the LUMS MBA applicants (December 2006~January 2007)

At the University of New Mexico

  • Evaluated Writing Portfolio Proficiency for UNM English Department (April 2005 and April 2006)
  • Presented training session on critical reading techniques and speed reading strategies during English Department writing TA training workshop (August 2005)

CONFERENCE PRESENTATIONS 

“Arguing for Ethnographic Approaches to Language Policy” at the Education, Language and Educational Management at Beaconhouse National Univerisity in Lahore, Pakistan (May 2013)

“Representing Super-Diverse Communicative Repertoires of English Language Learners through Filmlets: The Intersection of Linguistic Anthropology of Education and Visual Ethnography” with Sofia Chaparro at the American Anthropological Association Meeting at San Francisco, California (November 2012)

“The Lahore Museum and Its Gandhara Collection: A Timescale Analysis of Colonial Overdetermination” with Arjun Shankar at the American Anthropological Association Meeting at San Francisco, California (November 2012)

“Karna Chahiye: Exploring Diaspora through a Study on Youth Language Mixing Practices” at the American Anthropological Association Meeting at Montreal, Canada (November 2011)

“Being Desi: Circulating Emblems of Identity for South Asian Diasporic Students in an American Public School” at the Georgetown Roundtable for Language and Linguistics at Georgetown University, Washington D.C. (March 13, 2011)

“A Dialogic Analysis of Student Narratives on "Being/Becoming" a Scholarship Recipient at a Pakistani University” at the Ethnography Forum at the University of Pennsylvania in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania (February 25, 2011)

“Interference Between Urdu and English: An Analysis of Time Tokens in Pakistani Telecommunication Advertisements” at the American Anthropological Association Meeting in New Orleans, Louisiana (November 2010)

“Code-mixing, Ethos, and Language Pedagogy” for the LUMS Faculty Seminar Series in Lahore, Pakistan (February 8, 2007)

“Postcolonial Texts in Composition Studies: Finding Practical Pedagogical Use of Postcolonial Theory” at the 57th Annual Conference on College Composition and Communication in Chicago, Illinois (March 23, 2006) 

"The Amphibia Complex: Locating Rhetorical Authority for Leo Africanus, the Early Modern "Black Intellectual" at the UNM English Graduate Student Association’s Southwest Student Symposium in Albuquerque, New Mexico (March 3, 2006)

EDITORIAL EXPERIENCE 

2009-2012

·    Working Papers in Linguistics WPEL, Editor-in-Chief for Volume 26, Issue 2 and Volume 27, Issue 1 (Fall 2011 to Spring 2012)
·    Working Papers in Linguistics WPEL, Production Design Team for Volume 25, Issue 2 and Volume 26, Issue 1 (Fall 2010 to Spring 2011) 
2002-2007
·    Blue Mesa Review, Editorial Board (Spring 2005 issue)
·    Best Student Essays, Assistant Editor (Spring 2005 issue)

OTHER WORK EXPERIENCES

Zindagi Trust/ Bookgroup (NGO-CDGK Intervention), Karachi, Pakistan (March 2008 ~November 2008)
Academic Counsel Member
·    Assigned to SMB Fatima Jinnah Girl’s School (Nishtar Road) in order to further education reform initiative
·    Supporting academic counsel in meetings with city officials, politicians and other interested parties in the “paradigm shift” project
·    Training KG, 1st and 2nd grade teachers, of various qualification levels, in phonics and reading instruction
·    Restructuring KG classroom, teachers’ schedules, and curriculum design to facilitate a more conscious and intelligent early childhood development atmosphere