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. She is further a Board Member of the Gender Committee to the ITFLOWS project at Brunel Law School. 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.
She is the PI on a EU funded project which examines the experiences of LGBTQI+ asylum seekers with Muslim background within Germany’s asylum system and the co-founder and coordinator of the Queer European Asylum Network. The network consists of LGBTQI+ activists and/or refugees, NGOs, and academics. The network has a focus on public engagement and policy.
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 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.