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Mariam Durrani


Mariam Durrani
Mariam Durrani

Assistant Professor of Anthropology

Kirner-Johnson 243
315-859-4871

Mariam Durrani’s research focuses on Muslim youth and communities, cultural mobilities, higher education in Pakistan and the United States, race, gender, and migration studies. Importantly, she incorporates feminist and decolonial methodologies in her research. Durrani uses multimedia, including film, podcasts, and photography, to present her research and as part of her pedagogical strategies in the classroom. She is a committed social justice advocate and hopes to work with local organizations on relevant issues.

Her current book project examines the category of ‘Muslim youth’ through an ethnographic study of migration, mobility, and aspiration among Pakistani-origin Muslim college students. Based on 16 months of ethnographic fieldwork in Lahore and New York City, she followed transnational working-class college students from rural family backgrounds at two ‘global’ universities that espoused a similar American liberal arts ethos. Her work argues that aspiration for mobility is a key organizing principle to understand the construction of South Asian-origin, Muslim youth subject-making.

Durrani received her joint doctorate in anthropology and education from the University of Pennsylvania and joined Hamilton after completing a year of her postdoctoral fellowship at the Harvard Graduate School of Education. She taught at the University of New Mexico, Hunter College, Lahore University of Management Sciences and the University of Pennsylvania.

Recent Courses Taught

Principles of Social and Cultural Anthropology
Anthropology of Muslim Youth

Research Interests

Linguistic anthropology, semiotic anthropology, Muslim youth and Muslim communities, higher education in Pakistan and America, anti-Muslim racism/Islamophobia, multimodality in research and methods, and social media.

Select Publications

  • "Beyond Resistance and Complicity." Harvard Divinity Bulletin, Spring-Summer 2017, Vol 45, Nos 1 & 2.
  • "Mariam Durrani’s A Study on Mobility: Pakistani-origin Muslim Youth in Higher Education." CaMP Anthropology Blog. 2017.
  • "Trump's Immigration Ban: Ed School Weighs In." Harvard Graduate School of Education News, February 1, 2017.
  • "Times' Cutesy Guide Veils Humanity of Muslim Women." Religion Dispatches, May 12, 2016.
  • "Dismantling Islamophobia." Usable Knowledge at Harvard Graduate School of Education, November 23, 2016.
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  • "Normalization is Control: Telling Stories to Survive." Religion Dispatches, November 18, 2016.
  • "Under Surveillance: Islamophobia and Muslim Student Associations," American Anthropological Association Blog, May 16, 2016.
  • "Feminist critics of wearing hijab in solidarity fall into same old traps." Religion Dispatches, December 26, 2015.
  • Durrani, Mariam, Kevin Gotkin, and Corrina Laughlin. “Serial, Seriality, and the Possibilities of the Podcast Format.” American Anthropologist, 117(3), 1-4. 2015.
  • “A portrait of Islamophobia?” Religion Dispatches, December 15, 2015. 

Professional Affiliations

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

Appointed to the Faculty: 2017

Educational Background

Ph.D., University of Pennsylvania 
M.A., University of New Mexico
B.S., University of Arizona

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