Collective residences


From Tuesday, 1 February 2022 to Friday, 11 February 2022

Assistant professor
Harlem, New York


Sameena Azhar is an Assistant Professor at the Fordham University Graduate School of Social Service. She has nearly two decades of clinical and research experience in the fields of mental health, addiction and HIV treatment. Sameena completed a PhD from the University of Chicago, a Master’s in Social Work and a Master’s in Public Health from the University of Pennsylvania, and a BA in Philosophy from UC Berkeley. She is a licensed clinical social worker in the states of California and Illinois. Her research has been funded through the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Association/Council on Social Work Education's Minority Fellowship Program, the Foreign Language and Area Studies Fellowship in Urdu through the U.S. Department of Education, Ford Foundation, and the National Institute of Drug Abuse. Sameena plays jazz piano and grows orchids.


I seek to focus my time at Faber on my research project, investigating the impact that migration from Afghanistan has had on khwaja sira communities in Pakistan. My research team and I interviewed 45 khwaja sira in Pashto on their experiences during the pandemic. Khwaja sira are a group of third gender or gender-nonconforming people in South Asia. I am interested in how khwaja sira have experienced violence and discrimination, how they have been able to access medical care, and how they have earned a livelihood in the context of stay-at-home orders, restricted movement, and increased migration of Afghan refugees.

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