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Shirin Edwin

  • Community Faculty
  • Dean of the College of Liberal Arts


Shirin Edwin, PhD, is a scholar, practitioner, and administrator of languages, comparative literatures, diverse and ethnic cultures. She has served in a variety of leadership and administrative roles such as coordinator of French and director of the Study Abroad Program to France at Sam Houston State University; Humanities Area leader, co-director of the First Year Program at New York University Shanghai; and dean of Arts and Humanities at Bristol Community College. Shirin has extensive experience with recruitment, program building, and curriculum development in Liberal Arts.

Shirin has taught college courses in face-to-face, online, and study abroad formats in Francophone and African literatures, gender, race, and religion. She has also written widely on topics pertaining to gender, race, and religion in Anglophone and Francophone languages and literatures. She is the author of Privately Empowered: Expressing Feminism in Islam in Northern Nigerian Fiction (Northwestern University Press, 2016). Her book The Space of the Transnational Feminisms and Ummah in African and Southeast Asian Writing is forthcoming from SUNY Press (2021).

She earned her doctorate in French from Vanderbilt University and her MA in French from Bangalore University.