Amina Tawasil, PhD

Amina Tawasil holds a PhD in anthropology and education from Teachers College, Columbia University, and a master's degree in social sciences in education from Stanford University. She is currently a Lecturer of Anthropology and Education at Teachers College, Columbia University. 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). Her current research focus is on the intersection of women, Islamic education and the state. She completed ethnographic research on seminarian women (zanan-e howzeh) in Tehran to examine the different ways agency and empowerment may be analyzed. 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. Her research interests specific to the Middle East are women’s mobility, women’s Islamic education, and gender. Her general research interests are notions of slow work, apprenticeship as education, labor migration, mass incarceration and human trafficking. 

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