Amy Malek

Assistant Professor

Address: 9 Glebe Street, room 203
Office Hours: 2019-21: not on campus
Phone: 843-953-3389


Ph.D. in Anthropology; University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA)

M.A. in Anthropology; University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA)

M.A. in Near Eastern Studies; New York University

B.A. in International Studies & Middle East Studies; Emory University 

Research Interests

Professor Malek is a sociocultural anthropologist interested in migration, diaspora, and transnationalism, particularly in regards to cultural production, cultural policy, and visual culture. Her research has focused primarily on Iranian and Middle Eastern communities in Europe and North America.

Courses Taught

Introduction to International Studies

Refugees, Migration, and Citizenship

Visual Anthropology

Culture & Society

Anthropology of Citizenship and Migration


"Paradoxes of Dual Nationality: Geopolitical Constraints on Multiple Citizenship in the Iranian Diaspora," Middle East Journal, Vol. 73, No. 4 (Winter 2019): 531-554.

"Subjunctive Nostalgia of Postmemorial Art: Remediated Family Archives in the Iranian Diaspora,"  Memory Studies, Vol. 16, No. 2, (OnlineFirst: April 2019). 

“Claiming Space: Documenting Second Generation Iranian Americans in Los Angeles,” Anthropology of the Middle East 10, no. 2 (2015): 16-45. 

“Public Performances of Identity Negotiations in the Iranian Diaspora: The New York Persian Day Parade,” Comparative Studies of South Asia, Africa, and the Middle East 21, no. 2 (2011): 388-410. Persian translation published as: “Rejheh-ye Parsi Rooz New York,” Iran Nameh 26, no. 1-2 (2011): 87-116.

“’If you’re going to educate ‘em, you’ve got to entertain ‘em too’: An Examination of Representation and Ethnography in Grass and People of the Wind,” Iranian Studies 44, no. 3 (2011): 313-325.