Faiza Rahman

Adjunct Lecturer of Anthropology

Faiza Rahman is a Pakistani academic committed to the feminist study of Islam. She has taught undergraduate classrooms in Pakistan, Singapore, and the US, teaching courses in Islam, Feminist Theory, and History. At Oxford College, she teaches anthropology from a cultural perspective, encouraging students to engage with globally-charged contemporary debates on cultural topics of gender justice, the Anthropocene, and medical ethics. Faiza believes in a colloborative and deeply-inclusive approach to undergraduate learning, encouraging students to participate in building the curriculum and syllabus. She also supervises final-year undergraduate honors theses and senior projects on a variety of humanistic topics. 

Faiza is certified in Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality Studies (WGSS) from Emory University, and is in the finishing stages of her PhD in Islamic Civilizations Studies. She has language ability in Farsi, Urdu, and French. Her doctoral dissertation is an ethnographic examination of the creation and circulation of Islamic knowledge about menstruation in contemporary Pakistan. She questions how the taboo against menstruation in Pakistani society interacts with the pedagogies of hygiene and sexuality found in popular Islamic texts. She also collaborates with women researchers and advocacy groups in Pakistan who are fighting the period stigma at grass roots level to foster a respectful, dignified, and open basis of communication on menstruation.

As an international PhD scholar, Faiza is an advocate of diversity and inclusion in American higher education. She completed a year as an EDGE Diversity Ambassador and currently serves on the Emory International Council. She is also a board member for the Refugee Women’s Network, an Atlanta-based organization led by refugee and immigrant women. 

Before starting graduate school, Faiza had a full-time career in journalism which she pursued for three years in Pakistan, working the high-pressure graveyard shift of the newsroom. Her news reports, features, and editorials have appeared in English newspapers of Pakistan. 

 


Education

BSc| Lahore University of Management Science| 2012

MA| National University of Singapore| 2017

PhD| Emory University| 2022

Courses Taught

Anthropology of Islam (upcoming)

Introduction to Cultural Anthropology

Feminist Theory