Shenila Khoja-Moolji

Assistant Professor of Gender, Sexuality, and Women's Studies

Shenila Khoja-Moolji is Assistant Professor of Gender, Sexuality, and Women’s Studies at Bowdoin College. Her work examines the interplay of gender, race, religion, and power in transnational contexts, particularly in relation to Muslim populations. She comes to Bowdoin from the University of Pennsylvania where she was a Postdoctoral Fellow and Visiting Scholar at the Alice Paul Center for Research on Gender, Sexuality and Women. Dr. Khoja-Moolji is the author of Forging the Ideal Educated Girl: The Production of Desirable Subjects in Muslim South Asia (University of California Press; Winner of the 2019 Jackie Kirk Outstanding Book Award by the Comparative and International Education Society; Winner of the 2019 Michael Harrington Award from The Society for the Study of Social Problems). The book combines historical and cultural studies analyses with ethnographic work to examine the figure of the ‘educated girl’ in colonial India and postcolonial Pakistan.

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Shenila Khoja-Moolji


  • PhD, Columbia University
  • MA, Harvard University
  • BA, Brown University