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Shabana Mir

Visiting Scholar of Religious Studies

Shabana Mir is a scholar of religion with a specialization in gender, working in youth and higher education settings. She wrote the award-winning book Muslim American Women on Campus: Undergraduate Social Life and Identity (University of North Carolina Press, 2014) based on ethnographic research on Muslim women college students after 9/11/01. The book has received the Outstanding Book Award from the National Association for Ethnic Studies and the Critics’ Choice Award from the American Educational Studies Association (2014).

Shabana is Associate Professor (Anthropology) and Director, Undergraduate Studies at American Islamic College. She taught at Millikin University, University of Southern California online, Oklahoma State University, Indiana University, Eastern Illinois University, and the International Islamic University (Islamabad). She received the Outstanding Dissertation Award for her doctoral dissertation from the American Anthropological Association’s Council on Anthropology and Education (2006). She conducted ethnographic fieldwork in the Washington, DC area, as Visiting Researcher at the Center for Muslim-Christian Understanding, Georgetown University. She also has an M.A. in English Literature from Punjab University, Pakistan and an M.Phil. in Education from Cambridge University (U.K.). Dr. Mir has lived, studied, and taught in the United States, the United Kingdom, and Pakistan. Shabana has written academic chapters, journal articles, children’s literature, a blog, and, of course, her book. She is an international public speaker on gender, religion, education, and politics. She speaks English, Urdu, and Punjabi, and some Arabic and Farsi. She lives in Evanston. 

Selected publications:

Islamophobia in U.S. Education

Muslim Women Encounter Drinking Cultures on Campus

American Muslim Undergraduate Women’s Gendered Discourses 

Muslim Women Constructing American Selves

Diversity, Self, Faith, and Friends

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