Mariam comes to Dartmouth FGO after more than a decade of teaching at universities and secondary schools. Most recently, Mariam served as an instructor of English and World Literature at an independent semester school, where she also inaugurated an FGLI program. Mariam's academic interests and course offerings have included topics such as migration, war and chronic insecurity, critical humanitarianism, border and carceral regimes, postcolonial literature, critical race theory, kinship, as well as gender and sexuality studies with a focus on the Middle East and Europe.
As a first-generation, low-income student, Mariam was fortunate to find a place at Barnard College to complete her undergraduate education in Asian and Middle Eastern Cultures ('07). At Barnard, Mariam first discovered her love of student advising and developing programming when serving as a Resident Assistant. It was also at Barnard that she became enthralled with Islamic architecture, which then led to studying Arabic and years of travel and research in the Middle East and beyond.
After completing a Fulbright research award in Egypt, Mariam began her graduate studies in anthropology ('11) at the New School for Social Research in New York City. During her doctoral studies in anthropology at Johns Hopkins University, Mariam conducted research in Afghanistan and Germany, studied several languages, and also worked at the National Fellowships Program. After completing her doctorate ('20), Mariam was awarded a Mellon/ACLS Public Fellows Award and worked at a non-profit focusing on refugee advocacy.
Mariam's peers, informal mentors, and teachers were instrumental in offering ideas to support her interest in studying abroad and advancing her educational opportunities. It is her hope to continue serving in this capacity by advancing support for FGLI students at Dartmouth.
In her free time, Mariam enjoys traveling to visit her friends abroad, baking and cooking with and for others, and reading anything and everything! She'll also be working on her first book, based on her dissertation, Between War and the World: Afghans, Borders, and the 'Crisis' of Migration in Hamburg.