Faculty Name

Moon Charania, Ph.D.


Associate Professor


International Studies



Office Location

Camille Olivia Hanks Cosby, Ed.D. Academic Center 403


Ph.D.,Georgia State University
M.A., Georgia State University
B.A., Agnes Scott College


Moon Charania, Ph.D., is an associate professor in International Studies at Spelman College and affiliate faculty in Comparative Women’s Studies. Her research interests are in transnational feminism, queer of color critique and psychoanalysis.

Her first book, "Will the Real Pakistani Woman Please Stand Up: Empire, Visual Culture, and the Brown Female Body" (2015) offers a detailed analysis of multiple kinds of figures of Pakistani women that currently travel in transnational media, books and film and interrogates the ways in which these figures are used to sustain imperial projects of war, militarization and global Islamophobia.

Dr. Charania has also published widely on race and sexuality, queer of color critique, and women of color feminisms. Her second book -- "Archive of Tongues," a multi-genre project that investigates an archive of brownness through the provocation of the maternal -- is forthcoming with Duke University Press (Fall 2023).

Courses Taught

  • Girls
  • Capitalism: A Ghost Story
  • Race, Sex and Empire
  • Regarding the Pain of Others
  • Black Queer Studies
  • Feminism, Sexuality, and Islam
  • Senior Seminar

Research Interests

Women of Color Feminisms, Queer of Color Critique, Critical Sexuality Studies, Post/Decoloniality, and Psychoanalysis