Office: Gutman 406A
Faculty Assistant: Ryan Noll
Mariam Durrani's research focuses on the nexus of migration studies, higher education in the U.S. and Pakistan, Muslim youth, language, and Islamophobia. As a feminist scholar, she hopes to make a critical impact by shifting how research and public discourse engages with the category of 'Muslim youth', bearing in mind contemporary framings of the gendered Muslim figure as the axis where questions of cultural difference, politics, and ethics meet. In her current book project, she examines the category of Muslim youth through an ethnographic study of migration, mobility, and aspiration among Pakistani-origin Muslim college students. Her next project that focuses on Muslim youth-led technology start-ups as a way to counter both extremism and anti-Muslim racism. In this effort, Durrani's research connects scholarship on transnational Muslim youth in schools, critical race theory, feminist approaches to (im)mobility and migration, and the study of neoliberal technologies across institutions.During her fellowship, Durrani is developing her dissertation into a book and several articles. In addition to her scholarly projects, she is involved in several projects that connect university research to public discourse by writing and speaking about the precarious nature of being a 'Muslim' youth during the current climate of increasing Islamophobia and xenophobia. One goal of her research is to help educators better understand and incorporate into their practice the many national, cultural, and ethnic nuances that exist across the broader Muslim faith community.In her courses, Durrani facilitates classrooms that privilege critical consciousness and ensure connections between (inter)disciplinary coursework and real-world application. Her pedagogical stance focuses on experiential learning through project-based work that encourages students to explore ideas and then to critically re-present their explorations through textual, aural, and visual modalities. She received her joint Ph.D. in Anthropology and Education at the University of Pennsylvania. She received her B.S. in Systems Engineering from the University of Arizona and her M.A. in English Rhetoric from the University of New Mexico. Durrani has taught at University of Pennsylvania, Hunter College in New York, and Lahore University of Management Science in Lahore, Pakistan.
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