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Dr. Tehmina Pirzada

Dr. Tehmina Pirzada

Assistant Professor

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Dr. Tehmina Pirzada obtained her Ph.D. in English with an emphasis in Theory and Cultural Studies from Purdue University where she was a Fulbright fellow. In addition to her Ph.D. in English, she also has a specialization in Women, Gender, and Sexuality Studies from Purdue. Before joining TAMUQ, she was an Assistant Professor of English and Gender Studies at the Lahore School of Economics where she taught introductory courses in Literature, First-Year English courses, as well as upper division seminars on communication skills, postcolonial writing, women’s writing, and special topics courses on creative writing. In addition to the Lahore School of Economics, she has taught at two of the oldest women’s colleges in Pakistan: Kinnaird College and Lahore College for Women.

Dr Pirzada’s research focuses on Muslim adolescence, specifically girlhood studies in relation to the literary, visual, and popular cultures of South Asia. 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.

Research and Teaching Interests

  • Visual Culture
  • Women’s Writing
  • Postcolonial Literature
  • South Asian Popular Culture
  • Youth Studies

Education

  • Ph.D., English (Theory and Cultural Studies), Purdue University, 2017
  • Specialization: Women, Gender, and Sexuality Studies
  • M.Phil, English, Kinnaird College for Women, 2010
  • M.A., English Language Teaching, Kinnaird College for Women, 2008

Experience

  • Assistant Professor of English, Liberal Arts Program, Texas A&M University at Qatar, Sept 2020-Present
  • Assistant Professor of English, Department of Humanities and Social Sciences, Lahore School of Economics Oct 2017–Nov 2019
  • Visiting Faculty, TESOL M.A Program, Lahore College for Women, Jan–May, 2012
  • Lecturer, Department of English, Kinnaird College, Jan 2007–May 2012

Publications

  • Tehmina Pirzada and Saba Pirzadeh. “Pakistani Popular Music: A Call to Reform in the Public Sphere.” Journal of South Asian Popular Culture. 17(2), Sept. 2018, pp. 197–211. doi: 10.1080/14746689.2018.1512702
  • “Transgressing Religious and Gender Binaries: Amar Ayyar's Polysemous Identity in Tilism-e-Hoshruba.Journal of Language, Literature, and Cultural Studies, 64(3), Feb. 2018, pp.167–182. doi:10.1080/20512856.2017.1402459
  • “Narrating Muslim Girlhood in the Pakistani Cityscape of Graphic Narratives.” Girlhood Studies, 10(3), Dec. 2017, pp. 88–104. doi:10.3167/ghs.2017.100308
  • “‘Sharing the Scatter’: Assemblage and Affect in The Scatter Here Is Too Great.” South Asian Review. 38 (3), 2017, pp. 50–73.