Ph.D. Student Profiles

Aziz, Amir Mohamed

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  • Research Interests: Algeria, northern Africa, France; Saharan and Mediterranean migrations; Prison abolition, surveillance, and critical carceral studies; Critical race/ethnic studies; Gender and Islam; French empire and settler colonialism; 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, French, and Islamic studies at the intersections of gender, race/ethnicity, sexuality, religion, and migration. Amir is also interested in French, Algerian, African, and U.S. transnational social movements that focus on anti-racist, prison abolitionist, feminist, and decolonial issues. One of Amir’s projects focuses on how so-called ‘counterterrorism’ and ‘War on Terror’ policies of incarceration, surveillance, border control, and policing impact the lives of (im)migrant, Muslim, and gender non-normative communities of color in the United States.

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

Pronoun: they/them/theirs

Selected Publications

Amir Mohamed Aziz. 2021. “On Islamophobia, Anti-Terrorism Securitization, and Secularism in France.” Jadaliyya. March 15, 2021,

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