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Dr. Mariam Durrani is a decolonial feminist scholar, linguistic anthropologist, university professor, and multimodal mediamaker. Her scholarship and advocacy is located at the intersection of global racialization, migration, Muslim youth identity, and higher education studies in the US, in Pakistan, and online. She currently teaches in the International and Intercultural Communication program in the School of International Service at American University. You can find her on twitter @mariamdurrani and on instagram @mari_amdurrani and @theroticollective.

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My current book project "Imperial Optic: Pakistani Muslim Youth, Race, and Mobility" interrogates how Pakistani and Pakistani-diaspora Muslim college students encounter the global war ‘on terror’ in Pakistani and U.S. higher education. Specifically, my long-term ethnography (2013-19) shows how security and militarism infrastructures fortify racialized social systems through the neoliberal university in both Lahore and New York City.


The Roti Collective is a collaborative digital research project focused on roti, the unleavened flatbread central to global South Asian cooking and food cultures. This project analyzes roti and roti-making to study the intersections of imperial and familial intimacies within global South Asia. The Roti Collective maps the migration of roti and roti-makers across transoceanic histories of migration and colonial displacement. As a collaborative project, I am working with college students and South Asian community members to curate a social media archive and website.

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