Sylvia Maier, Clinical Associate Professor


Dr. Sylvia Maier is a Clinical Associate Professor in the Center for Global Affairs where she directs the MSGA Concentration in Global Gender Studies, the Global Field Intensive to the United Arab Emirates, and serves as faculty adviser to the MSGA Gender Working Group. Sylvia’s principal fields of interest and expertise are women’s rights in the Middle East, South Central Asia, and the Gulf States, with a particular focus on the United Arab Emirates, Iraqi Kurdistan, and Afghanistan, where she has taught and conducted extensive field research. Sylvia is especially interested in women’s culturally-situated strategies of (self-) empowerment and modes of resistance to patriarchy in deeply traditional societies, the “globalization-empowerment nexus” in the Gulf States, and the politics of integration and multiculturalism in Western Europe, chiefly the legal responses to cultural diversity and honor-based violence against women. She has spoken and published on these and related subjects, and is currently finishing a co-edited book titled EU Development Policies: Between Norms and Geopolitics (forthcoming 2018, Palgrave.)

Sylvia’s teaching interests bridge the fields of gender studies and international politics and include Gender and International Affairs: Sex, Power and Politics, Gender and Migration, Women’s Rights in the Middle East and South Asia, International Relations, The Geopolitics of Afghanistan, Ethics in International Affairs, and Analytic Skills. Complementing her academic work, Sylvia is the co-founder and deputy editor-in-chief of Women Across Frontiers, a digital women’s rights magazine, and serves as Director of Education Programs as well as on the board of The Peace Project, Inc. 

Prior to joining the CGA, Sylvia Maier was on the faculty of the Center for European and Mediterranean Studies at NYU and the Georgia Institute of Technology in Atlanta, where she worked on Islam-state relations and the politics of integration and multiculturalism in Western Europe. Sylvia received her Ph.D. in Political Science from the University of Southern California.