Rehenuma Asmi

Rehenuma Asmi

Professorial Lecturer of Anthropology
Faculty: Adjunct
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Rehenuma Asmi

Dr. Asmi is a specialist in anthropology of education with an interest in language ideologies, religious education and gender in the Middle East and North Africa. Her current research is developing a subset of culturally responsive teaching materials geared towards religious minorities, specifically Muslim Americans, but also other religious minorities in the United States.  


Current Research

Language, globalization, schooling, multi-lingualism, Islam, Muslim women and higher education, Gulf Arab Studies, Muslim immigrants in the US



Columbia University, Teachers College, New York, International and Transcultural Studies Department
PhD Anthropology and Education, February 2013
American University, Washington, D.C.
Master of Arts in Teaching, June 2005
Georgetown University
Bachelor of Arts Double Major in Arabic and Government, May 2003 


Published, Book review of "Everyday Conversions: Islam, Domestic Work and Migrant Conversion in Kuwait," AJISS, Summer 2018
Published, Book Review of “Crossing the Gulf: Love and Family in Migrant Lives” by Pardis Mahdavi, in Anthropology Quarterly, Fall 2017
Published, “Finding a Place to Sit: How Qatari Women Combine Cultural and Kinship Capital in the Home Majlis”, Anthropology of the Middle East, December 2016
Published, “Fieldwork and Motherwork in the Middle East”, Middle East Section of Anthropology News, May 2011
In Progress, “Translating Successful Failure: Neoliberal Education Reforms in Qatar,” for Anthropology and Education Quarterly


Expanding Collaborations Initiative Grant, Allegheny College, “The Immigrant from Ethnographic and Literary Perspectives,” January 2016
Diversity Innovation Funds, Allegheny College, “Cross-Cultural Communication Seminar,” March 2015
Barbara Lotz Student-Faculty Research Fellowship Fund, Allegheny College,  April 2015
Foreign Language Area Fellowship for Arabic, Columbia University, 2008-2009
Betty Fairfax Grant for Diversity, Columbia University, 2007-2008
Teach For America Fellow 2003-2005