Georgia State University

Georgia State University


Nadia Latif

Nadia Latif Nadia Latif received her doctorate in Cultural Anthropology from Columbia University. She is an Assistant Professor of Religious Studies at Georgia State University. She has received research grants from the National Science Foundation and the Palestinian American Research Centre. In 2008 she was named an Exemplary Diversity Scholar by the University of Michigan Centre for Institutional Diversity. Her research interests include: digital media and representations of violence; human rights, humanitarianism and the refugee subject; gender and structural violence; political struggles in the modern Middle East; postcolonial thought. She has presented her research at the American Anthropological Association meetings, the Middle East Studies Association meeting, the Mediterranean Research meeting, a Heinrich Böll Foundation symposium, the Institut Français du Proche Orient, and the American University of Beirut. In addition to her research she has initiated, developed, and worked on a number of projects aimed at supporting the human rights of local communities. These projects have included: evaluating the impact of a small loans program, based on the Grameen Bank model, run by a local NGO in one of the largest informal neighbourhoods of Karachi ; researching and compiling annotated bibliographies of training materials for primary health care providers in developing countries for the World Health Organisation’s Division of Health Services in Geneva ; examining the state’s role in Zimbabwe’s land reform crisis ; evaluating the efficacy of a women’s rights advocacy program offered by a local NGO in the major urban centres of Pakistan; developing content for a web-site linked to a research seminar at the Institute for Research on Women and Gender on liberal feminism and women’s rights in developing countries; and serving as a scholarly expert for the Immigration and Refugee Board of Canada.

Publications and Research


““It Was Better During the War”: Narratives of Everyday Violence in a Palestinian Refugee Camp.” Feminist Review. 101: 24-40.


“Belonging and Un-Belonging: Home in Bourj al-Barajneh Refugee Camp,” in Anywhere But Now: Landscapes of Belonging in the Eastern Mediterranean. Eds. Samar Kanafani et al (Beirut: Heinrich Boll Stiftung Middle East): 25-36.


“Fellahin, fidaʾyīn, lājaʾyīn: Palestinian camp refugees in Lebanon as autochthons.” Journal of Arab Studies (19) 1:46-77.


“Space, Power and Identity in a Palestinian Refugee Camp.” Asylon(s) 5.


2008 “Making Refugees.” The New Centennial Review 8(2): 253-272.