Anaheed Al-Hardan

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 Anaheed Al-Hardan
  • Sociology

Areas of Expertise:
Empire, colonialism, and the Global South; De- and anti-colonial theory and South-South thought; Counter-memory and settler-colonialism

2018 - 2023


Howard University, USA

Department of Sociology and Criminology
Douglass Memorial Hall
Building 23
2419 6th Street NW | 2nd Floor Suite 202
Washington, DC 20059

+1 202-806-6853
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About me

I am an associate professor of sociology at Howard University. My main research interests centre around four broad themes: Palestinian counter-memory, the Afro-Asian anti-colonial movement, sociology of colonialism, and South-South networks in the former German Democratic Republic (GDR).

I have long-standing academic ties to German academic communities, which AGYA has enabled me to further foster and extend. Through AGYA, I have also been able to pursue interdisciplinary projects and advance my research on historical German-Arab anti-colonial networks. 

Academic career 
2022 - todayAssociate Professor of Sociology, Department of Sociology and Criminology, Howard University
2020 - todayVisiting Researcher, Leibniz Zentrum Moderner Orient, Germany
2019 - todayPrincipal Investigator on Afro-Asian Futures Past, Andrew W. Mellon Foundation
2018Visiting Fellow, Bandung Humanisms Initiative, Institute for Comparative Literature and Society, Columbia University, New York, USA
2018Arcapita Visiting Professor of Modern Arab Studies, Department of Middle Eastern, South Asian and African Studies, Columbia University, New York, USA
2017Visiting Fellow, Berlin Graduate School of Muslim Cultures and Societies, Freie Universität Berlin, Germany
2014 - 2022Assistant Professor of Sociology, Department of Sociology, Anthropology and Media Studies, American University of Beirut, Lebanon
2011 - 2014Postdoctoral Fellow, ICI Berlin Institute for Cultural Inquiry, Germany
2006 - 2011Ph.D. in Sociology, Trinity College, University of Dublin, Ireland
2005 - 2006M.A. in Near and Middle Eastern Studies, School of Oriental and African Studies (SOAS), University of London, UK


My Commitment to AGYA
Member in Charge of the Working Group 'Dynamics of Transformation'
Founding Member Task Force 'Equity'
Selection Committee 'New AGYA Members' 2020

On a personal note

Must read in my discipline:
Sociological Theory Beyond the Canon by Syed Farid Alatas and Vineeta Sinha 

Favourite novel:
Atfal al-Nada (Children of the Dew) by Mohammed al-Asaad

The scientist from my country you should know:
Edward Said, Comparative Literature