Amina Tawasil, PhD

Amina Tawasil is a Lecturer in the Programs of Anthropology and Education at Teachers College, Columbia University. She is also a Workshop Leader for the Middle East Institute, Columbia University. Her current research focus is on the intersection of women, Islamic education and the state with a specific focus on women’s mobility. She completed ethnographic research on seminarian women (zanan-e howzeh) in Tehran to examine the different ways agency and empowerment may be analyzed, and is currently working on a book manuscript entitled "Paths Made by Walking: Howzevi Women in Iran" based on this research. Her general research interests are notions of slow labor, apprenticeship as education, labor migration, mass incarceration and human trafficking. Previously, she served as the first faculty hire at the International Studies Institute, University of New Mexico. She was also the inaugural Andrew W. Mellon Postdoctoral Fellow in Middle East and North African Studies at Northwestern University, with a courtesy appointment in the Department of Anthropology (2013-2015).  As a Fellow, she co-organized a closed-workshop entitled "The Power of Women's Islamic Education" for the Center of the Critical Study of Social Difference as part of the Women Creating Change project, Columbia University.  She received her PhD in anthropology and education from Teachers College, Columbia University, and master's degree in social sciences in education from Stanford University.

Fellowships / Grants

Andrew W. Mellon Postdoctoral Fellow at Northwestern University, 2013-2015  
American Association of University Women, 2012   
IREX-Youth & Religious Education, (alternate), Dushanbe, Tajikistan, 2012
Earth Institute Advanced Consortium on Cooperation, Conflict, and Complexity (AC4) Fellowship, 2011    
Middle East Institute Fellowship, Columbia University, 2011     
Zankel Urban Fellowship, 2008   
Stanford University Ettinger Foundation Fellowship, 2007   

Photography Award

111th American Anthropological Association Photography Competition, Category: Place. Title: 33 Bridges, Standing, Still, on a Fluid of Emotions – Esfahan, Iran. 2012