Lalaie Ameeriar

Associate Professor

Office Location

HSSB 5032


Ph.D., Stanford University, Anthropology

Anthropology of globalization and the state, diaspora, affect and embodiment, humanitarianism and human rights.


Lalaie Ameeriar's research engages with anthropological theories of globalization and the state, transnational feminism, critical race theory, human rights and humanitarianism, with particular emphasis on transnational Muslim cultures. Professor Ameeriar's first book, Downwardly Global (Duke University Press) explores the intimate and affective politics of multicultural governance. Focusing on the transnational labor migration of Pakistani Muslim women to Toronto, it examines the sensorial registers by which immigrant bodies become legible to the state. It explores the promise of citizenship and the damage done to it by the threat of alterity. Her next research project explores the relationship between women's rights, human rights and humanitarianism through an analysis of legal protections involving cases of forced marriage and so called honor killings within Muslim communities in the United Kingdom. This research examines the relationship between the law and the community and between human rights and humanitarianism, particularly where these coalesce within discourses regarding women's rights in marginalized communities.

She has been a fellow at the Michelle R. Clayman Institute for Gender Research and the Research Institute for Comparative Studies in Race and Ethnicity at Stanford University. In 2010, Professor Ameeriar was named an Emerging Diversity Scholar by the National Center for Institutional Diversity at The University of Michigan. In 2014, she received the Woodrow Wilson Career Enhancement Fellowship. During the 2016-17 academic year, she will be a University of California President's Faculty Research Fellow in the Humanities and she will be a member of the School of Social Science at the Princeton Institute for Advanced Study. 


Downwardly Global: Women, Work and Citizenship in the Pakistani Diaspora. 2017. Durham: Duke University Press.

Pedagogies of Affect: Docility and Deference and the making of Immigrant Women Subjects, ” Signs, vol. 40, no. 2 Winter 2015: 467-486

Investing in Whiteness: the UCSB tragedy and Asian America” and “Fear in the Shadow of Violence,” Social Text Online Journal, Summer 2014

"The Sanitized Sensorium," American Anthropologist, 114 (3) September 2012: 507-518.

Reprinted in Reading Cultural Anthropology: An Ethnographic Introduction. Pamela Stern. Oxford University Press, forthcoming, September 2015.

"The Gendered Suspect: Women at the Border between the United States and Canada after September 11," Journal of Asian American Studies, 15 (2) June 2012: 171-195.


Professor Ameeriar's teaching in the Department includes the following courses: Globalization, Gender and Social Inequality in Asian America, South Asian Women in Diaspora, Ethnographies of Asian America and Gender and Labor in Transnational Asian America. Her courses use social scientific methodology as a means of examining the lived experience of Asian Americans in global processes and the politics of everyday life.