Mengia Tschalaer is an Honorary Research Fellow at the School of Sociology, Politics and International Studies at the University of Bristol and an Adjunct Associate Professor of Anthropology and Political Science at City University of New York. As a legal anthropologist, she examines how Westernized conceptions of human rights affect the access to justice of minority groups at the intersection of race, gender, sexuality and religion. Her work is geared towards rendering visible those voices located at the margins that remain silenced – often very deliberately so – in conversations about justice and ideals about the truth. She is currently working on a EU funded project which examines the experiences of LGBTQI+ asylum seekers with Muslim background within Germany’s asylum system. She is the author of "Muslim Women's Quest for Justice: Gender, Law, and Activism in India" (Cambridge University Press, 2017) and of various articles and chapters on socio-legal resistance, gender, and Islam.
Mengia Tschalaer is the recipient of the prestigious Marie Curie Individual Fellowship (2018-2020) and her research received support from the Swiss National Science Foundation, University of Zurich, the Gunda-Werner Institute, the ESRC, and Columbia University. She is the co-founder and coordinator of the Queer European Asylum Network, consisting of LGBTQI+ activists and/or refugees, NGOs, and academics. The network has a focus on public engagement and policy.