Najwa Mayer

Research Associate-Lecturer
Academic Appointments

Mellon Postdoctoral Fellow

Najwa Mayer is a Mellon Postdoctoral Fellow in Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality Studies and in the Leslie Center for the Humanities at Dartmouth. Her research areas include visual, literary, and cultural studies, critical race and ethnic studies, religious studies, and transnational feminist critique. Her research uses cultural texts and practices to study the gendered and sexual governance of race and religion in the United States and its empire in the 20th and 21st centuries. She is affiliated with the Consortium of Studies in Race, Migration, and Sexuality at Dartmouth. She currently holds a fellowship with the Social Science Research Council’s Religion in the Public Sphere Program, focusing on the cultural politics of race, religion, and empire during the long war on terror. Her first book manuscript examines this century’s global proliferation of and disparities within “Muslim American” popular cultures through the interrelations between racial, sexual, and secular politics, consumer markets, and social movements. She earned her PhD in American Studies at Yale University. Najwa teaches courses on the war on terror, ethnic studies, gender and sexuality studies, as well as Asian American literatures and culture. Most recently, at Dartmouth, she is teaching Asian American popular cultures.

Department(s): 
Women's, Gender, and Sexuality Studies
Education: 
B.A. University of California, San Diego
M.A. Yale University
M. Phil. Yale University
Ph. D. Yale University