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Maha Marouan

Maha Marouan
Associate Professor of African American Studies and Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality Studies
The Pennsylvania State University


Maha Marouan


Dr. Marouan’s scholarship engages the intersections of race, gender, and religion in Africa and the African Diaspora

Specializations / Research Interest(s)

  • Comparative Literature, Literary Criticism, African Diaspora Studies, Transnational Feminism, African Feminism, Comparative
  • Racialization, Religious Studies, Immigration Studies
  • African and African Diaspora Women’s Literature in English, French, Arabic, and Spanish
  • Religions of Africa and the African Diaspora
  • Islamic Africa, Race and the Trans-Saharan Slave Trade
  • Immigration, Race, Gender, and Belonging


UNDERGRADUATE: Religions of the African Diaspora (AFAM 145), Women of the African Diaspora (AFAM 102), African Diaspora Women Spirituality (AFAM 410), Global Feminisms (WMNST 200), Gender, Race, and Religion in Cuba (AFAM 497)
GRADUATE: Gender and Sexualities in the African Diaspora (AFAM 503), Cultures of the African Diaspora (AFAM 502), Transnational Feminisms (WMNST 502), African Feminism (WMNST 550)

Titles and Affiliations

  • Associate Professor of African American Studies
  • Associate Professor of Women Gender and Sexuality Studies
  • Co-Director, African Feminist Initiative
  • Co-Convener, African Studies Association Women’s Caucus



"Shame," Boston Review: A Political and Literary Forum, MIT Press, September 2019 (Nominated for the 2020 PEN America Award)


Witches, Goddesses and Angry Spirits: The Politics of Spiritual Liberation in African Diaspora Women’s Fiction, Ohio State University Press, 2013
Co-editor, Race and Displacement: Nation, Migration and Identity in the Twenty-First Century, University of Alabama Press, 2013


Voices of Muslim Women From the U.S. South, Women Make Movies, New York, 2015 (link to trailer:

Recent Journal Articles

“Santeria in Cuba: Contested Issues at a Time of Transition,” Transition: Magazine of Africa and the African Diaspora, Vol. 125, January 2018, pp. 57-70 (“Incomplete Forgetting: Race and Slavery in Morocco”, Journal of Islamic Africa. Vol.7, Issue 2, Fall 2016, pp. 267 – 271 (