Since 2009, Mahruq Khan has been an Assistant Professor of Women's, Gender, and Sexuality Studies at the University of Wisconsin-La Crosse. In 2007, with the support of the Arthur J. Schmitt Dissertation fellowship, she received her PhD in Sociology from Loyola University Chicago. Khan currently teaches: "Women's Diversity: Race, Class and Culture"; "Gender and Human Rights"; "Globalization, Women and Work"; "Introduction to Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender Studies"; and "Gender, Power, and Faith." Her research interests include the social construction of gender, religion, and sexuality; human rights; and feminism among Muslims. She has received three grants for international travel to: Toronto to study the way gay and lesbian Muslims are constructing inclusive, religious communities; to Nepal to conduct research on reducing stigma that marginalized women face in South Asia; and to China to examine the intersection of ethnicity and sexuality. Her research has been published in the Journal of International Women's Studies, the edited volumes, "Islamic Homosexuality" and "Sociology of Religion: A Substantive and Disciplinary Approach" among others. Along with Gloria Steinem, she was recently invited to write about her personal journey with feminism for a book, which will be shared with college students at over 2000 universities. Though she is a native of Chicago, Mahruq currently resides in La Crosse with her partner, Nizam, and their skittish but well-meaning cat, Machu.
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