Munazza Ebtikar

Faculty of Asian and Middle Eastern Studies and Anthropology, St. John’s College

Supervisors: Professor Edmund Herzig and Dr Zuzanna Olszewska

Munazza Ebtikar is completing her doctoral dissertation at St John’s College, University of Oxford, on history and memory in wartime Afghanistan. She holds an MPhil in Modern Middle Eastern Studies with an emphasis on Political Philosophy from Wolfson College, University of Oxford. Additionally, she holds three bachelor’s degrees from UC Berkeley in Politics of the Middle East, Peace and Conflict Resolution, and Near Eastern Studies with a concentration in Classical Persian Literature. Alongside her academic work, Munazza has served as an international consultant for various research and policy organizations, including the Chr Michelsen Institute, and has provided expert advisory to international organizations. She is the recipient of numerous grants and awards, including those from the British Council, James Mew, the Azizeh Sheibani Prize, and the thrice awarded John F. Richards Research Fellowship. Munazza has also taught and worked as a research associate at the Oxford Centre for Criminology at the Faculty of Law, Oxford’s School of Geography and the Environment, and Oxford’s Faculty of Asian and Middle Eastern Studies. Currently, she is co-leading an archival project on cultural production and memory at Stanford Public Humanities.

Research Areas and Interests:
Politics of history and memory; ethnography; governance, nationalism, and sovereignty; conflict resolution and post-conflict reconstruction; war/post-war environments; subjectivity; space and geography; knowledge production and practices; anthropological and social/political theory; Islamism and Political Islam; the anthropology of the Middle East and Afghanistan; Afghan political history; Islamic feminism; gender and masculinity; Persian poetry and literature.