- Professor, Sociology
- Professor, Middle Eastern Studies
- Professor, Women's and Gender Studies
- Professor, French
- Social and critical theory
- French colonial history
- North African studies with a focus on Algeria
- Women in The Middle East and North Africa
- Feminist and Foucauldian theories
- Albert Camus and the philosophy of the absurd
- Baccalaureate in Mathematics and Philosophy, University of Algiers
- licence-ès-Lettres in English with three distinctions, University of Algiers
- M.A., in sociology from New York University
- Ph.D., in sociology from New York University
Marnia Lazreg is professor of sociology at Hunter College and the Graduate Center (CUNY). She is a graduate of the University of Algiers from which she obtained a Baccalaureate in Mathematics and Philosophy, as well as a licence-ès-Lettres in English with three distinctions. She also holds an MA and a Ph.D. in sociology from New York University.
She is the recipient of fellowships from the Bunting Institute (Harvard University); the Pembroke Center for Research and Teaching on Women (Brown University); the Rockefeller Foundation Bellagio Center (Italy); and the Institute for Advanced Study, Princeton. In spring 2017 she was a Distinguished Fellow of the Advanced Research Collaborative at the Graduate Center. She received an award for “outstanding achievements and contribution to community empowerment” from the Society of Foreign Consuls in New York, on March 5, 2018 in celebration of Women’s International Day.
She carried out research and published in the areas of human rights, social class inequality, cultural movements, colonial history, and gender in the Middle East and North Africa. Her work has appeared in translation in several foreign languages.
Her pioneering work in critical colonial studies reflects an abiding interest in the construction of knowledge about non-Western societies that sustains systems of political and cultural domination. Specifically, she explores the unrecognized gap between theoretical concepts applied to non-Western societies and the reality they intend to explain.
She is a frequent lecturer at universities in the United States and around the world, and occasionally a contributor to radio and television programs.
In addition to her academic work, she served as consultant with the United Nations Development Program and organized gender and development workshops in the Middle East and North Africa, China, North Korea and Vietnam.
Her published books include Islamic Feminism and The Discourse of Post-Liberation: The Cultural Turn in Algeria (Routledge, 2021); Foucault’s Orient: The Conundrum of Cultural Difference From Tunisia to Japan (Berghahn 2017, 2020); The Eloquence of Silence: Algerian Women in Question, second edition (Routledge, 2018); Torture and the Twilight of Empire: From Algiers to Baghdad (Princeton, 2008, 2017); and Questioning the Veil: Open Letters to Muslim Women (Princeton, 2010).