Maha Marouan



Associate Professor and Director of Graduate Studies, Pennsylvania State University


Maha is an African feminist scholar, writer, and documentarian who grew up in Morocco, and spent most of her adult life in Europe and the United States of America. She is an Associate Professor of Women, Gender, and Sexuality Studies and African Studies. Her work focuses on the intersection of race, gender, and religion in the construction of female subjectivities. Her academic and creative works appeared in The Boston Review, Transition Magazine of Africa, African Diaspora, and Journal of Islamic Africa. Her research and teaching interests include religions and literatures of Africa and the African Diaspora, comparative literature, transnational feminisms, and women and immigration

At THE NEW INSTITUTE, Maha is involved in the program Black Feminism and the Polycrisis. She will join us in May 2024.


African Women, Gender, and Migration
in Africa Is a Country, edited series 2022-2023

Echoes From the World Cup: Morocco and the Politics of Belonging
in Cease Fire Magazine, 2023

At the Border, on the Margins
in Africa Is a Country, 2022

Witches, Goddesses and Angry Spirits: The Politics of Spiritual Liberation in African Diaspora Women’s Fiction, 2013

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