Hamad bin Khalifa al-Thani Associate Professor of Muslim Societies
Professor Khoja-Moolji is an interdisciplinary scholar with research interests in the fields of Muslim studies, feminist theory, South Asia, and migration studies. She is the author of two award-winning books.
Professor Khoja-Moolji’s book Forging the Ideal Educated Girl: The Production of Desirable Subjects in Muslim South Asia combines historical and cultural studies analyses with ethnographic work to examine the figure of the ‘educated girl’ in colonial India and postcolonial Pakistan. The book was awarded the 2019 Jackie Kirk Outstanding Book Award from the Comparative and International Education Society, and the 2019 Michael Harrington Award from The Society for the Study of Social Problem’s Poverty, Class, Inequality Division.
Her second book, Sovereign Attachments: Masculinity, Muslimness, and Affective Politics in Pakistan engages in a study of the cultural and affective dimensions of sovereignty. Through a close reading of an array of cultural texts produced by the Pakistani state and the Pakistan-based Taliban, Khoja-Moolji theorizes sovereignty as an ongoing attachment negotiated in public culture. The book won the 2022 Best Book Award from the International Studies Association's Theory Section; Honorable Mention for the 2022 Lee Ann Fujii Book Award, International Studies Association; and, Honorable Mention for the 2022 Best Book Award by the Global Development Studies Section.
Professor Khoja-Moolji is currently working on a book (under contract with the Oxford University Press) that traces the transnational lives of Ismaili Muslim women. The book follows their journeys, past and present, from colonial India to East Africa and then onto North America. It outlines the everyday forms through which women create spaces of joy, forge community, and practice ethical subjectivities.
Professor Khoja-Moolji has published articles in Signs: Journal of Women in Culture and Society, Feminist Theory, Feminist Media Studies, Comparative Studies of South Asia, Africa and the Middle East, Gender and Education, Comparative Education Review, Girlhood Studies, Third World Quarterly, and Feminist Teacher, among others. She also maintains an active public scholarship agenda and has published in The New York Times, The Washington Post, Al Jazeera, and The Express Tribune.