Naila Sahar

Assistant Professor of English

School of Arts & Sciences

English Division


Ph.D. in English, University at Buffalo, State University of New York (New York)
M.A. in English, Government College (Lahore)
B.A. in English Language and Literature, Punjab University (Lahore)

Dr. Naila Sahar is an Assistant Professor of English in the School of Arts and Sciences. Before joining AUD, she was an adjunct faculty and Postdoctoral Fellow at the Department of Global Gender and Sexuality Studies, University at Buffalo (State University of New York). She received her Ph.D. in English from the University at Buffalo (State University of New York), where she specialized in feminist and gender studies, postcolonial studies, and diaspora and migration studies. The topic of her doctoral dissertation is ‘Reimagining Muslim Women: Gendered Religious Life and Resistance in the Age of Islamophobia’. She has given invited talks, and has taught courses on postcolonial digital feminism and Muslim women’s resistance and empowerment strategies in universities in Pakistan, Sweden, and the United States.

Dr. Sahar received a Fulbright scholarship during her Ph.D. studies, and an American Association of University Women’s (AAUW) International Postdoctoral Fellowship during Postdoc work. She was graduate student honoree for the Student Academic Excellence Award at State University of New York, Buffalo, and was winner of a university-wide Three Minute Thesis (3MT) competition in 2018. Her research interests include gender/feminist studies, Islamic feminism, postcolonial studies, gendered social movements, gendered religious nationalism, and South Asian literature. Her work is published in the journals Religions, Journal of International Women's Studies, Journal of Global Postcolonial Studies, and edited volumes of Routledge and Taylor & Francis

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