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Mengia Tschalaer is Marie Curie Research Fellow at the School of Sociology, Politics and International Studies at the University of Bristol. As a law and society scholar she focuses on the relationship between politics of knowledge production and human rights, sexualities, 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 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 holds a Ph.D. in law and society and an M.A. in sociocultural anthropology, international law, and East Asian art history from University of Zurich. She has taught courses on law and society, transnational feminisms, and intersectionality at Columbia University and City University of New York. She was a Visiting Scholar and a Research Fellow at the Center for Gender and Sexuality Law, Columbia Law School. Her research received support from the Swiss National Science Foundation, University of Zurich, City University of New York, and the European Commission.