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Pirzada, Tehmina Assistant Professor


Dr. Tehmina Pirzada completed her Ph.D. in English with an emphasis in Theory and Cultural Studies from Purdue University where she was a Fulbright fellow from 2012-2017. In addition to her Ph.D. in English, she minored in Women, Gender, and Sexuality Studies from Purdue. Dr. Pirzada specializes in the cultural constructions of Muslim girlhood and Muslim adolescence in the material, visual, and digital culture of the 20th and 21st centuries. Her interdisciplinary interests include visual studies, postcolonial literatures, South Asian literatures, and youth cultures. By building upon existing Islamic feminist and postcolonial discourses, she centers Muslim girlhood as an identity construct that emphasizes girls as formidable participants, knowledge producers, and observers in their respective communities. Dr. Pirzada was recently awarded the International Youth Library fellowship by the foreign ministry of Germany and a research grant by the International Research Society for Children's Literature (IRSCL) for her work on Muslim girlhood and youth cultures.

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