Amy Malek

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Amy Malek
Bornc. 1979/1980
United States
Alma materEmory University,
New York University,
University of California, Los Angeles
Occupation(s)Chair and Director of a university department, assistant professor, scholar, sociocultural anthropologist
Known forIranian Diaspora Studies

Amy Malek (born c. 1979/1980), is an American assistant professor, scholar, and sociocultural anthropologist.[1] She serves as the endowed Chair and Director in Iranian and Persian Gulf Studies (IPGS) at Oklahoma State University, Stillwater.[2] Her work focuses on the migration, citizenship, memory, and culture in the Iranian diaspora.[3] Malek is an Iranian-American.[4]

Education and career[edit]

"...[first- and second-generation Iranian Americans are] alternately included and excluded in the only home one has known, while also feeling attachments to a place one may never have experienced and may or may not be welcome even to visit."

–Amy Malek, from My Shadow Is My Skin: Voices From the Iranian Diaspora (University of Texas Press, 2020)[5]

Malek has a bachelor's degree (2003) from Emory University; and a Master of Arts degree (2005) in Near Eastern studies from New York University.[2] She holds a Ph.D. (2015) in anthropology at the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA).[2] While attending UCLA, she took an interest in studying the second generation of Iranian immigrants.[6][7][8]

From 2016 to 2022, she was an assistant professor of international studies at the College of Charleston.[1][4][9] From 2019 to 2021, Malek was an associate research scholar at Princeton University’s Sharmin and Bijan Mossavar-Rahmani Center for Iran and Persian Gulf Studies.[10][11] In Fall of 2022, she joined Oklahoma State University, Stillwater.[2]


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  1. ^ a b "Global Cafe: Contests of Inclusion: A Comparative Ethnography of Iranians in the U.S. & Canada". University of Nebraska-Lincoln. February 17, 2020. Retrieved 2022-09-29.
  2. ^ a b c d "Dr. Amy Malek Joins the School of Global Studies as Assistant Professor". States News Service. August 24, 2022 – via Gale Academic OneFile.[permanent dead link]
  3. ^ Moghaddari, Sonja (2020). "Localizing Iranian diaspora politics: A comparative approach to transnational critique and incorporation". Confluences Méditerranée (in French). N°113 (2): 77. doi:10.3917/come.113.0077. ISSN 1148-2664. S2CID 226593150. {{cite journal}}: |volume= has extra text (help)
  4. ^ a b Johnston, Holly; Omar, Shahla (October 15, 2020). "Iran's jailed dual nationals: pawns in an IRGC power play". Rudaw.
  5. ^ a b Newcomb, Rachel (April 16, 2020). "Iranian Americans' stories of rejection and belonging". The Washington Post. ISSN 0190-8286.
  6. ^ Amirani, Shoku (2012-09-29). "Tehrangeles: How Iranians made part of LA their own". BBC News. Retrieved 2022-09-29.
  7. ^ "Art Review: Snapshots from an emerging culture". The Los Angeles Times. 2010-07-12. p. 29. Retrieved 2022-09-29.
  8. ^ "Los Angeles, l'autre capitale de l'Iran". Le (in French). 2013-06-06. Retrieved 2022-09-29.
  9. ^ Bajoghli, Narges (October 2, 2017). "'The last Iranian Americans': The Trump administration's "Travel Ban 3.0" runs the risk of turning current Iranian Americans into the last of their kind". Al-Monitor. Retrieved 2022-09-29.
  10. ^ "Sharmin and Bijan Mossavar-Rahmani Center for Iran and Persian Gulf Studies Annual Review". Issu. 2020.
  11. ^ Parvini, Sarah (2020-11-24). "Iranian diaspora has eyes on new president". The Los Angeles Times. pp. A1, A7. Retrieved 2022-09-29.
  12. ^ "Found in Translation - Exile as a Productive Experience in the Work of Iranian Artists". Nukta Art, vol. 5, no. 2. December 31, 2010.

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