2022-2023: Ailia Zehra is a 2018 graduate of Kinnaird College for Women in Lahore, her hometown, where she has been working as a journalist for the past several years at outlets including Pakistan Today and Daily Times, and is currently the managing editor of Naya Daur Media. Ailia will be entering in the Kevorkian Center’s joint-MA degree in Global Journalism in Fall 2022. Her research interests are centered on a broad investigation of media repression and censorship in the region, including Pakistan, Saudi Arabia, Egypt, and Turkey.
2021-2022: Mohiba Ahmed graduated from Government College University Lahore in 2018 with a BA in English Literature. Her thesis research focused on analysing the effects of Zia-ul-Haq’s Islamisation on women’s literature. Mohiba has been a very vocal feminist and student rights activist. She is a core member of many grassroot student and feminist organisations based in Pakistan. Mohiba helped orchestrate the Students’ Solidarity March in 55 cities of Pakistan in 2019, and became the spokesperson of Student Action Committee (SAC) the first national students’ alliance in Pakistan since the 1980s. She also co-founded Women’s Collective Pakistan, a political organisation that educates, organizes and agitates on the feminist principles of love, empathy and solidarity. It aims at consciousness building of women with regards to their status in the society. She has worked as Project Manager with the South Asian Alliance for Poverty Eradication (SAAPE) based in Nepal for their women rights campaign in Pakistan. Under that role she researched upon various issues faced by women in Pakistan and explored innovative solutions for change.She also worked as Project Manager at the Lahore University of Management Sciences (LUMS) where the focus of her work was ‘Gender and Technology’. At NYU, she hopes to engage further with the ideas of politics, power and gender and expand her knowledge about the history of the Near Eastern Region.
2020-2021: Manal Khan, a native of Karachi, Pakistan, is excited to join the Kevorkian Center and begin the joint-M.A. program in Near Eastern Studies and Global Journalism in the Fall of 2020. She is a graduate of the Institute of Business Management where she earned a B.S. in Media Sciences. For the last two years, she has worked as an Editorial Trainee for Pakistan's Herald magazine, and as an independent multimedia producer and writer for organizations based in Sindh. She is interested to hone her journalistic skills and engage issues of gender politics, with a focus on the politics of clothing and sartorial laws.
2019-2020: Haniya Habib will matriculate at NYU as a student in the Near Eastern Studies Program in the Fall of 2019. Haniya is a native of Karachi, Pakistan and a graduate of Vassar College with a B.A. in Educational Studies and Psychological Science, and a native of Pakistan. Her research at Vassar resulted in a thesis project detailing the genealogy of teaching on Muslim women and feminism at Vassar through an examination of women’s studies syllabi at the college. She is excited to begin her graduate study at NYU and to expand her knowledge of history and literature of the Middle East and to focus her research on gender and anticolonial movements.
2018-2019: Moneeza Burney matriculated at NYU as a student in the Near Eastern Studies program in Fall of 2018. Moneeza grew up in Lahore, Pakistan and graduated with Honors from the Sheffield Hallam University, UK, with a degree in Business Economics in 2013. After returning to Lahore, she worked as a Program Director at the Lahore Students Union (LSU), a non-profit community center, running a youth volunteer program called the Community Service Initiative (LSU-CSI), which has placed 900+ volunteers at 65+ NGOs over the last 4 years and incubated over 20 social projects by student volunteers through its Youth Social Leadership Program (YSLP). The program received international recognition from organizations and institutes around the world. Moneeza also played a pivotal role as a research associate and scriptwriter for a local comic book company where she worked on the critically acclaimed 'Paasban - the Guardian' series' about violent extremism, as well as public service messages for NGOs working on causes ranging from gender empowerment to mental health. In her free time, she has been writing for DAWN newspaper, Pakistan's leading English daily, since 2013. She hopes to explore her different interests at Kevo with the hope to work on youth development in the region, with focus on IDPs and refugees.
2017-2018: Zuha Siddiqui will matriculate at NYU as a student in the Near Eastern Studies/Global Journalism program in Fall 2017. A native of Karachi, Zuha is set to graduate from the Lahore University of Management Sciences in May with a B.S. in Political Science. While at NYU, Zuha plans to examine the politics of class and ethnicity within the context of contested spaces -- for instance, do various political actors, such as politicians and political elites, state officials, members of law enforcement agencies, exist in concurrence, along with the state? Zuha is also interested in the intersection of gender and politics within the Near East and South Asia, with a particular interest in the examination of how women – central as victims but marginal as agents – exercise various forms of agency within the overtly masculine framework of the post-colonial state.
2017-2018: Shandana Waheed joined the Hagop Kevorkian Center in Fall 2016 from Forman Christian College in Lahore, Pakistan, where she completed her BA in political science in 2016. As an undergraduate, she was interested in the plight of religious minorities in Pakistan—a subject she has studied through case studies of historical minority endowments and research in Punjab archives in Lahore. In her first year, she has explored cultural studies courses on neoliberalism, sexuality, consumption, modernity, nationalism, and memory. She has spent time adapting to and enjoying the pace of life in New York city. She recently presented her work in the MEESAS graduate conference at Columbia University, and is spending this summer 2017 interning at the South Asia Institute at Heidelberg University in Germany.
Past Falak Sufi Scholars
- 2017: Sabahat Zakariya
- 2016: Aqsa Khalid
- 2014: Maham Javaid
- 2013: Fatima Malik
- 2012: Mehvash Ansari
- 2011: Wajiha Naqvi