Dr. Shenila Khoja-Moolji
Post Doctoral Fellow, University of Pennsylvania & University of Columbia Teachers College 2016 Alumna
Dr. Shenila Khoja-Moolji is a specialist of Gender and International Development (Education, in particular). Her work problematizes the centering of girls’ education and empowerment as a solution to societal problems, especially in relation to Muslim-majority nations. Specifically, she interrogates universalistic notions of girlhood, empowerment, and rights embedded in past and present calls for women’s and girls’ education, and in doing so highlights the raced, gendered, and religioned configurations of citizenship that emerge in and through humanitarian discourses. Dr. Khoja-Moolji also investigates education policy discourses as they relate to immigrants in the United States and teacher development in the global South.

Dr. Khoja-Moolji is currently working on her first book which examines the cultural construction of Muslim girlhood in colonial India and postcolonial Pakistan.