Mariam Rashid

Dr. Mariam Rashid is an interdisciplinary scholar whose research focuses on global refugee resettlement policies and practices, coloniality of displacement, and issues related to statelessness, nativity, and indigeneity within minority peoples of East Africa. Her work also critically engages with the discourse of diversity and inclusivity within higher education institutions.


Her current research draws on black studies, black feminist thought, and forms of diasporic feminism to explore recurring racialized, gendered, and colonial formations that are reproduced in refugee resettlement policies and practices in the US and in selected regions globally. Dr. Rashid's intellectual work is animated by quotidian knowledge-making praxis of the African diaspora.


Currently Mariam is a Postdoctoral Fellow in the International Studies and Forced Migrations programs at Vassar College where she is teaching courses on Perspectives in International Studies, Lexicon of Forced Migration, and Critical Inquiries into Refugee Resettlement and Education.


Selected scholarly works of Dr. Rashid's are published in Cultural Studies ↔ Critical Methodologies (CSCM) and Educational Studies journals.


Mariam is originally from western Kenya near Lake Victoria. She received her BA in Sociology and Political Science from the University of Nairobi and her M.Ed. in Adult and Higher Education from Western Washington University in Bellingham, WA. She started her career as a teacher and later transitioned into textbook writing for Kenyan public schools and curriculum development for Bridge International Academies in Nairobi, Kenya. After moving to the US she taught undergraduate college courses at Western Washington University in addition to working with first generation, undocumented, and underserved community college students in Bellingham, WA.[11-22]




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