Migration, diaspora, transnationalism, digital activism, social movements, media, language politics, family, gender, healthcare, religion, ethnography, Central Asia, Tajikistan
Dr. Marintha Miles is Affiliate Faculty at Mason's Institute for Immigration Research where she is working on Central Asian diasporas and transnational networks. Her PhD work in Cultural Studies focused on Tajik transnational diaspora networks between Tajikistan and Russia. Her other research interests include women and families in Tajikistan, healthcare, religion, and how women in Tajikistan gain social mobility and other advantages within the political economy. She previously earned an M.A. in Anthropology from The George Washington University (GWU), conducting ethnographic research in Tajikistan on Islamic revivalism among women and veiling. Dr. Miles was a FLAS scholar in Persian from 2015-2016 at GWU. She previously earned a BA in International Studies with a focus on migration. She is proficient in Russian, Tajik, and Farsi.
Dr. Miles’ has published articles in Demokratizatsiya: The Journal of Post-Soviet Democratization, Central Asia Program Policy Briefs, and in Central Asian Affairs. She has been an invited speaker work at the University of Indiana Bloomington, New York University, The George Washington University Elliot School of International Relations, and Harvard University. She spearheaded the GWU Gelman Library Global Resource Center’s web-archiving of digital material from across Central Asia. She was previously Deputy Director and coordinator of the Central Asia Program, where she continues as an Associate.
Since 2016, Dr. Miles has taught courses in the School of Integrative Studies, including Leadership Theory and Practice; Ethics and Leadership; Leadership in a Changing Environment; Social Movements and Community Activism; and Introduction to International Studies. She has also taught in Global Affairs and the Honors College.