Amy Malek is an anthropologist and Associate Research Scholar at the Sharmin and Bijan Mossavar-Rahmani Center for Iran and Persian Gulf Studies while on leave as assistant professor of International Studies at the College of Charleston. She received her Ph.D in Anthropology from the University of California, Los Angeles, following an M.A. in Near Eastern Studies from New York University. Her research examines the intersections of migration, citizenship, memory, and cultural production in the Iranian diaspora.
At Princeton, Malek is completing her first book manuscript, Contests of Inclusion. Based on multi-sited fieldwork with Iranians in Stockholm, Toronto, and Los Angeles over the course of a decade, the book offers a transnational ethnography of the impacts of cultural policies on diasporic belonging and cultural production. Malek's research has been published as articles in International Journal of Cultural Studies, Memory Studies, Middle East Journal, Anthropology of the Middle East, Comparative Studies of South Asia, Africa, and the Middle East, and Iranian Studies.