Aziz, Amir Mohamed

Research Interests: North Africa, Algeria; Saharan and Mediterranean migrations, borders and critical carceral studies; Gender and Islam; Gender and sexuality in North Africa and France; Islam and racial minorities in France and Europe; French empire and settler colonialism; Critical race/ethnic studies; Poetry and resistance; Anti-racist, queer and anti-police violence movements in France.
Education: M.A. French Studies, University of Texas at Austin B.A. French, B.A. Arabic, B.A. International Studies, University of Mississippi


Amir Mohamed Aziz is a writer, poet and doctoral student. Mohamed’s research focuses on Algerian, northern African, Arabic and Islamic studies at the intersections of gender, race, sexuality, religion and migration, as well as the literature, politics and culture of Algeria, northern Africa and France. Their work has been funded by the Rapoport Center for Human Rights & Justice and the Center for African Studies at Rutgers. They draw upon ethnography, archival research, poetry and social activism in their work.

Mohamed is also interested in the political activism of French, African and transnational social movements that focus on anti-racist, anti-police violence, feminist, queer and decolonial issues, such as Collectif urgence notre police assasine, Collectif Queer Racisé.e.s, Collectif des Raciné.e.s, Collectif contre l’Islamophobie en France and Parti des Indigènes de la République.

Selected Publications

Amir Mohamed Aziz. 2019. “Protesting Politics in Algeria.” Middle East Report Online, March 26, 2019.

Amir Mohamed Aziz. 2018. “Rewriting Algeria: Transcultural Kinship and Anticolonial Revolution in Kateb Yacine’s L’homme aux sandales de caoutchouc.” In Art, Creativity, and Politics in Africa and the Diaspora, ed. Abimbola Adelakun and Toyin Falola. New York: Palgrave Macmillan.


  • Center for African Studies Graduate Student Enhancement Grant, Rutgers, State University of New Jersey, 2019
  • Julia Walther Award for Excellent Scholarship in French Studies, University of Texas at Austin, 2016-2017
  • Summer Fieldwork Grant for Research on Human Rights and Economic Inequality, Rapoport Center for Human Rights and Justice, 2016-2017
  • Julia Walther Scholar in French Studies, University of Texas at Austin 2015-2016