We are happy to welcome Dr. Shabana Mir as a new member of AIC’s faculty. Dr. Mir is Assistant Professor of Anthropology and will serve as the General Education Coordinator for the Undergraduate (BA) program. She is the author of the highly acclaimed book, Muslim American Women on Campus.
Shabana Mir is the author of the award-winning book Muslim American Women on Campus: Undergraduate Social Life and Identity, published by the University of North Carolina Press (2014). 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).
Dr. Mir has over thirteen years’ diverse teaching experience. She taught Anthropology at Millikin University, IL (2012-2014) and graduate and undergraduate courses in Qualitative Research Methods, Education, Anthropology, and Literature at the University of Southern California online (2014-2015), Oklahoma State University (2008-2012), Indiana University (1999-2001), and Eastern Illinois University. She taught English at the International Islamic University, Islamabad (1991-1993).
Dr. Mir earned her Ph.D. in education policy studies and anthropology, with a concentration in comparative education, from Indiana University, Bloomington. 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 (UK).
Dr. Mir has lived, studied, and taught in the United States, the United Kingdom, and Pakistan. She has worked as curriculum designer, residence hall director, retreat leader, feminist troublemaker, faculty development expert, and research consultant in a variety of settings.
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, and is delighted to be part of the American Islamic College community.