Najwa Mayer, PhD
Postdoctoral Associate
Boston University Graduate School of Arts and Sciences

Najwa Mayer is a postdoctoral fellow with the Society of Fellows in the College of Arts and Sciences at Boston University, with affiliations in Religion and Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality Studies. She holds a PhD in American Studies from Yale University. As an interdisciplinary scholar of cultural politics, her research areas include visual, literary and media studies, critical race and ethnic studies, Muslim and religious studies, as well as gender and sexuality studies. Her current research focuses on the gendered and sexual governance of race and religion in the US and its empire in the 20th and 21st centuries, with particular interest in the global “war on terror.” Her first book manuscript examines this century’s mass globalization of and contentions within “Muslim American” popular cultures through the interrelations between racial, sexual, and secular politics, cultural genres, and global markets. Najwa’s research has received support from the Social Science Research Council, Andrew Mellon Foundation, and Henry Luce Foundation, among others.

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