Maria Amir

Maria Amir.

Maria Amir’s work focuses on South Asian queer Sufi practices and postcolonial feminist identities, specifically with regards to contemporary Human Rights and Nationalism discourse in South Asia.

She is a former Human Rights journalist who worked primarily in Pakistan on issues concerning Gender and Minority rights for over 12 years. For the last four years she has taught courses at the undergraduate level on Gender, Media Theory and Master Narratives at the Lahore University of Management Sciences (LUMS).

Originally based in Lahore, Pakistan, she has worked as an independent researcher and consultant for the United Nations Education, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) and has conducted a series of trainings regarding sexual harassment in the workplace in collaboration with the Punjab Government.

She holds a Master’s degree in Mass Communication from Kinnaird College for Women, Lahore and a Master’s degree in Women’s Studies from St Anne’s College, University.


Awards and Honors

  • Fulbright PhD fellow, 2017, Global Gender Studies at University at Buffalo, SUNY
  • Daniel Pearl Journalism Fellowship, 2012, New York Times
  • Journalism for Peace exchange, Print fellowship, Government of Denmark, 2011
  • Media Matters student visiting fellowship, Lady Sri Ram College, New Delhi, 2004

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