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Maha Marouan

Maha Marouan

Associate Professor of African American Studies and Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality Studies

116 Willard Building
Office Phone: (814) 867-4269


Dr. Maha Marouan is Associate Professor of African American Studies and Women Studies at the Pennsylvania State University.  Her work focuses on the intersection of race, gender and religion in the construction of female subjectivities.

She was born and grew up in Morocco and spent most of her adult life in Europe. Her interaction with different languages and cultures (she speaks four languages: Arabic, French, Spanish and English, and lives between three continents: Africa, Europe and the U.S.) has given her a transnational and transcultural vision that is reflected in her work and teaching. Dr. Marouan has been conducting study abroad programs in the U.S. academy since 2007, and is currently conducting a graduate seminar in Cuba on "Race, Gender and Religion in Cuba" that she started in 2013. For more information on the program, visit:

Her most recent publications include Witches, Goddesses and Angry Spirits: The Politics of Spiritual Liberation in African Diaspora Women’s Fiction, (Ohio State University Press, 2013), a co-edited volume on Race and Displacement: Nation, Migration and Identity in the Twenty-First Century (University of Alabama Press, 2013), and a documentary entitled "Voices of Muslim Women in the US South." See link to the trailer: D

Dr. Marouan teaches undergraduate courses on  "African Diaspora Religions", "Women of Color from a Cross-Cultural Perspective", "Women in the  African Diaspora" and graduate seminars on"Gender, Race and Immigration",  "Transnational Feminisms" and "Third World Feminisms".

Her academic affiliations are: The African Diaspora Religions Group at the American Academy of Religion (Founder),  African Feminist Initiative (Steering committee), Religious Studies Review (Islam section Editor), Association for the Study of the Worldwide African Diaspora (Programing Committee), National Women’s Studies Association, African Studies Association, African Studies Association, The Collegium for African American Research.

Her main non-academic affiliations include: Women in Islam,INC.(board of directors), United Nations Faith and Feminism Group (Founding member).

Department of African American Studies, The Pennsylvania State University
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