Najwa Mayer

Research Associate-Lecturer
Academic Appointments

Mellon Postdoctoral Fellow

Najwa Mayer is a Mellon Postdoctoral Fellow in Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality Studies. Her research areas include visual and cultural studies, critical race and ethnic studies, religious studies, and feminist critique, focusing on US-based and transnational Muslim cultures. At Dartmouth, she is a fellow with The Leslie Center for the Humanities and with the Consortium of Studies in Race, Migration, and Sexuality. She also holds a fellowship with the Social Science Research Council’s Religion in the Public Sphere Program for her first book manuscript, focusing on the cultural politics of race, gender, and religion. The 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. This research is particularly interested in how contemporary Muslim feminisms are both commodified and contested within the popular sphere. She earned her PhD in American Studies at Yale University. Najwa teaches courses on the war on terror, ethnicity, race and migration, 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