Zunaira Komal

Zunaira Komal

Position Title
CST PhD Student

Cultural Studies


Research interests

Secularism and Islam, border studies, militarized humanitarianisms, psychoanalysis, surveillance, social and cultural history of psychiatry, natural disaster management

Fellowship, Grants, Awards

  • Suad Joseph MESAs Summer Research Award (2018)
  • Mellon Comparative Border Studies Summer Funding (2018)
  • Mellon Comparative Border Studies Graduate Research Fellowship (2017-2018)


  • B.A. in History and Psychology from Washington University in St. Louis


  • "(In)admissable Phenomenalities of Occupation: The Archival Politics of Light” at UC San Diego Opticalities and Surveillance Workshop
  • “Homonationalism in South Asia: Human Rights, Gender-Making and the Business of Occupations” at the 46th Annual Conference on South Asia (Oct, 2017)