Ph.D. Student Profiles

Aziz, Amir Mohamed

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  • Research Interests: Algeria, northern Africa, France; Saharan and Mediterranean migrations; Gender and Islam; Racial minorities in France and Europe; French empire and settler colonialism; Borders and critical carceral studies; Critical race/ethnic studies; Poetry and resistance.
  • Education: M.A. French Studies, University of Texas at Austin


Amir Mohamed Aziz is a writer and poet whose 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. Amir is also interested in the political activism of French, Algerian, African, and transnational social movements that focus on anti-racist, abolitionist, feminist, queer, and decolonial issues. Their work has been funded by the Rapoport Center for Human Rights & Justice and the Center for African Studies at Rutgers

Amir is also a member of the Middle East Studies Graduate Forum and the Center for African Studies, and teaches courses such as Gender, Culture, Representation and Intro to Race, Gender, Sexuality for the Department of Women’s & Gender Studies.

Selected Publications

Amir Mohamed Aziz. 2019. “The South of Algeria has something to say.” Africa Is a Country. July 30, 2019.

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
  • Summer Fieldwork Grant for Research on Human Rights and Economic Inequality, Rapoport Center for Human Rights and Justice, 2016-2017