Maryam Khan

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Assistant Professor Lyle S. Hallman Faculty of Social Work Waterloo, Ontario mkhan@wlu.ca Office: (519) 884-0710 ext. 5239

Media Relations

Claire Bruner-Prime
Communications and Media Relations Officer
cprime@wlu.ca
(519) 884-0710 ext. 3684

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Media Relations

Claire Bruner-Prime
Communications and Media Relations Officer
cprime@wlu.ca
(519) 884-0710 ext. 3684

Lori Chalmers Morrison
Director: Integrated Communications
lchalmersmorrison@wlu.ca
(519) 884-0710 ext. 3067

Graham Mitchell
Director: Communications & Issues Management
gmitchell@wlu.ca
(519) 884-0710 ext. 3070

Brantford Campus:

Beth Gurney
Associate Director: Communications & Public Affairs
bgurney@wlu.ca
(519) 884-0710 ext. 5753

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Bio/Research

Greetings/Salaams! Prior to Laurier, I was pursuing my doctoral studies in Social Work at York University, Toronto, Ontario. My doctoral research critically examined the resistance strategies and agency of LBTQ Muslim women living out their intersectional identities (race, ethnicity religiosity, ...

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Bio/Research

Greetings/Salaams! Prior to Laurier, I was pursuing my doctoral studies in Social Work at York University, Toronto, Ontario. My doctoral research critically examined the resistance strategies and agency of LBTQ Muslim women living out their intersectional identities (race, ethnicity religiosity, spirituality, sexuality, gender identity and expression) in the Global North amongst the hegemonic norms existing in both normative Muslim and LGBTQ communities.

My cumulative social work practice has ranged in interdisciplinary non-profit (community, clinical, youth justice, educational) settings with a myriad of individuals and communities. I bring over 10 years of clinical and community-based expertise in mental health and recovery, substance use and addictions, suicide prevention and crisis management, VAW, poverty and homelessness with many diverse individuals and communities such as LGBTQs, women, youth, children and adults. I have taught graduate and undergraduate courses at York University in Social Work, and also in the Social Service Worker Diploma Programs at Centennial and Seneca Colleges.

In my research and teaching (pedagogically and politically), I draw on interdisciplinary critical perspectives such as: anti-colonial thought and postcolonialism, intersectionality theory, critical race and transnational feminisms, critical social work, structural and AOP social work practice and liberatory/emancipatory and decolonizing approaches. I engage mostly in the qualitative tradition and mixed methods research (ethnographic and narrative; feminist and queer methods). I am also an academic researcher with the Manulife Centre for Community Health Research (MCCHR).

In my research and teaching (pedagogically and politically), I draw on interdisciplinary critical perspectives such as: anti-colonial thought and postcolonialism, intersectionality theory, critical race and transnational feminisms, critical social work, structural and AOP social work practice and liberatory/emancipatory, decolonizing approaches. I engage mostly in the qualitative tradition and mixed methods research (ethnographic and narrative; feminist and queer methods).

My research interests and areas of expertise include community-based research, community development and clinical counselling with the following individuals and communities: LGBTQ+ Muslims in the Global North; Racialized Trans and gender-variant persons and access to healthcare; Racialized, ethnic, religious and sexual minorities; Violence against women and gender variant persons; Non-normative sexualities, gender identities and expressions; substance use, addictions, mental health and sanism; Visible and invisible (dis)abilities, neurodiversity and ableism; Social policy, service and program provision to gender and sexually diverse persons and communities; Race, racialization and imperialism; Sexual minorities and Islam; Religiosity, spirituality and social work practice; Homeless and street involved persons in sex work; and Intersectional identities, identity politics.

At the present time, I am involved in the following research projects:

PI, Service Needs of Sexually & Gender Diverse Muslims and Their Families: A Partnership with Salaam Canada, Wilfrid Laurier University (Sept. 2020-Present)

-Qualitative research examining the relationships between queer Muslims and their families of origin in Canada; in partnership with Salaam Canada
-Funded by SSHRC, PEG $24, 204
-Study Website: https://muslimfamiliesresearch.ca/

Co-Investigator, Critical Diasporic South Asian Feminisms Symposium (Aug. 2020-Present)

-Knowledge mobilization two-day symposium which brings together students, community and academic partners invested in interrogating hegemonic South Asian Feminisms critically in education, theory, research, and practice.
-Funded by SSHRC, Connection Grant $19,616
-Study Website: https://southasianfeminisms.ca/

PI, Supporting Sexually and Gender Diverse Muslims in Social Work Project, Faculty of Social Work, Wilfrid Laurier University (June 2020-Present)

-Qualitative research examining the unique social service and programming needs of queer Muslims in Canada; in partnership with Salaam Canada
-Funded by SSHRC, IDG $41, 524
-Study Website: https://ssgdmuslimssw.ca/


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