Fellowships 

 

Fulbright Visiting Specialist Fellowship (2015-2020)

Winner, Writer’s Residency Award, Chateau de Lavigny, Switzerland, Project: Sahelian: Growing Up with Girlfriends, Pakistani-Style (2005)

 

Fulbright-Hays Research/Teaching Fellowship, Pakistan (2015 - 2016)

Recipient, Fulbright-Hays Research/Lecture Fellowship to Pakistan (2000); Unavailed

 

Fellow, NEH Summer Seminar for College Teachers, Culture and Democracy: Emergent American Literatures. Director: John Brenkman, CUNY

(Baruch College) (Summer 1995)

 

Fellow, Dubois Institute, Harvard University, Cambridge, Research Project:

Gender, Nationalism and the Politics of Identity: Towards a Cross-Cultural Poetics of Women's Writing (Summer 1994)

Fellow, MSC's Institute for Critical Thinking, Organized One-Day Conference on Contemporary Critical Theory,

Invited Guest Speaker R. Radhakrishnan (1990 – 1991)

Awards & Honors 

Award, Outstanding Service by International Education’s Scholar Rescue Fund (IIE-SRF) (2013)

Elected Member-at-Large, Delegate Assembly of the Governing Council of National Women’s Studies Association, Founder South Asian Feminist Caucus of National Women’s Studies Association (2010)

University Distinguished Scholar Award, Montclair State University (2009 - 2010)

American Muslim Alliance, Excellence in Public Life Award, Recognized for Doing a Superb Job as an Author, Artist and Performer in Connecting the Past with the Present, and for Using Art to Reinvigorate Multifold Linkages between Truth and Beauty (2008)

Appointed, Board of Contributing Editors, The Drama Review (2007)

Winner, Finalist Status, Poem For My Daughter’s Muslim Past, Greenburgh Annual poetry Content, New York, Organizer Sarah Bracey White (2006)

 

Honoree, Old Girls Association of Kinnaird College for Women in North America, High-Achieving Alumna; Ceremony and Speech at Princeton, New Jersey (2006)

Honored Guest, One-Day Conference, Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy, Dedicated to Celebrating Pakistani Women’s Lives. Other Honored Guests: Nobel Peace Prize nominees Asma Jehangir and Hina Jilani (2006)

Invited, Higher Education Commission of Pakistan to Design and Implement a Program for Master of Philosophy Students in Postcolonial Studies at the Government College University, Lahore, Pakistan (2005)

Recipient with Professor David Dodd of the Department of Sociology, MSU, Career Development Award to Develop a Team-Taught, Interdisciplinary, Introductory Undergraduate Course on Cultural Studies (2002)

 

Recipient, Global Studies Award, MSU, Present Paper at the Sixth Annual AWSA conference in Cairo, Egypt. Award Utilized in January 2002 (2000)

 

Recipient, Global Education Award, MSU, Travel to Pakistan to Initiate Research on the Parallel Theatre Movement and Women's Rights (Spring 1995)

Co-Recipient, Global Education Award, MSU, Design a Team-Taught Course on British Cultural Studies, Undergraduate English Majors (Summer 1995)

 

Recipient, Global Education Award, MSU, Design a New Undergraduate Course, English Majors on Muslim Women Writers (Summer 1994)

Career Development Award, MSU, Recipient of a $2000 Award to Attend a Six-Week Course in Cultural Studies at Dartmouth's School of Criticism and Theory with a matching grant from Dartmouth College (Summer 1992)

Leader, Multicultural Initiative, MSU. Appointed by Vice President for Academic Affairs to Gather Diverse Group of Faculty Across Disciplines to

Discuss and Initiate Curricular Reform Along Multicultural Lines (1990 - 1992)

SBR Recipient, Research Released Time from MSC's Committee on Separately Budgeted Research, to Work on Two Projects: An Edited Collection of Essays Entitled, Pre-Occupations of Post-Colonial Studies, and Towards a Cross Cultural Theory of Discourse by Twentieth Century Women of Color (1991 - 1993)

American Council of Learned Societies Travel Award, Presented Two Papers at International Conference on English in South Asia, Islamabad, Pakistan (January 1989)

 

Grants 

Grant Recipient and Co-Project Director of a $75,000 NEH Grant for “Building Bridges Through Film” Initiative. Made short Documentary on Pakistani Female Singers, “From the Melody Queen to the Muslim Madonna: A History of Pakistan Through the Oeuvre of Its Female Singers 1947 - Present.” Later Renamed, “Siren Song.” (2011 – 2012)

 

New Jersey Council for the Humanities Major Grant, to Organize a Two Day Symposium held during Women’s History Month 2011, including, Outreach Activities to Newark Public Library and Edna Mahan Women’s Correctional Facility for Women, New Jersey, “Engendering Justice: Cross-Cultural Women’s Prison Narratives.” Co-Principal Investigator with Professor Norma Connolly, Chair of Department of Justice Studies, MSU. Grant Amount: $20,000. Plenaries Include: Nawal el Saadawi, Barbara Harlow and Megan Sweeney (2010)

Project Leader, NEH-Funded Faculty Study Group on Cultural Studies, Grant Amount: $24,000 (Spring, 2001)

 

Recipient, Career Development Grant of $1,000, to Enable Travel to Canterbury, England, Present a Paper at the XII World Congress on Theatre and Theatre Research (1998)

Recipient, Two Research Grants, Totaling $20,000 to Pursue On-Site Research on Pakistani Street Theatre Project, Grants from The American Institute of Pakistan Studies (AIPS) and Rotary International (January - June 1997)