Ahmad Qais Munhazim

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I am a PhD Candidate in the Department of Political Science. My research spans the fields of critical international relations, women, gender and sexuality studies, comparative politics and migration studies with a regional focus in the Middle East and South Asia. Specifically, I study how war rearranges the conduct, performances and understandings of gender and sexuality among diasporas of war. My research places every day people’s experiences of war and displacement at the center of international relations, with a particular focus on Muslim women and queer and trans Muslims. As an interdisciplinary researcher, I conduct multi-method qualitative research including ethnography, interviews, focus groups and interpretive methods.

Educational Background & Specialties

Educational Background

  • PhD: Political Science, University of Minnesota, Twin Cities, 2019.


  • International Relations and Comparative Politics
  • political violence
  • Gender and Sexuality
  • Migration Studies
Research & Professional Activities

Professional Activities

  • Interim Director of Gender and Sexuality Center for Queer and Trans Life: December 2017 - June 2018
  • Ground Rules, Underground Movements: LGBT Politics in South Asia: Munhazim, Ahmad Qais, Oxford University Press, Global LGBT Politics, 2019.
  • When Home is Nowhere: Legal and Normative Violence against LGBTQ Refugees in the United States: Munhazim, Ahmad Qais, Springler, Violence Against LGBTQ+ Persons: Research, Practice, and Advocacy, 2019.
  • Rainbow in the Sky of War: Munhazim, Ahmad Qais, York University , Journal of Narrative Politics, 2 , 2016.
  • Blood, Body and Stain: Munhazim, Ahmad Qais, York University , Journal of Narrative Politics, 1 .