Anwar Mhajne is an Assistant Professor at Stonehill College and a political scientist specializing in international relations and comparative politics with a focus on gender, religion, and Middle Eastern politics. Her research focuses on how Islamic beliefs and institutions in the Middle East structure Muslim women’s political understandings, agencies, and opportunities at local, national, and international levels. Her research strengths lie in the following areas: Feminist International Relations and Security Studies; Democratization; Governance and Institutions; Civil Society and Activism; Political Islam; Middle East; Gender Politics; Social Movements; and Regime Change. Her work has been featured in The International Feminist Journal of Politics, Political Research Quarterly, Religion and Politics, Foreign Policy, The Conversation, Times of Israel, Haaretz, Middle East Eye, +972 Magazine, Quartz, The Defense Post, The Jerusalem Post,Carnegie Council for Ethics in International Relations, Culturico, and Carnegie Endowment for International Peace

She currently serve as a Member-at-Large on the executive committee of the International Studies Association Women’s Caucus (WCIS) and the Feminist Theory and Gender Studies Section (FTGS). Before, she served as the first graduate student representative on the executive committee of WCIS between 2016 and 2018. She was the president of the Political Science Graduate Student Association in 2015. Moreover, she attended the 60th and 61st Commission on the Status of Women as a delegate for Women’s International League for Peace and Freedom. As a graduate student at the University of Cincinnati, she was designated as a Graduate School Fellow, a Charles Phelps Taft Dissertation Fellow, a Dean Dissertation Fellow, and a Security Council Monitor Fellow with WILPF. She presented her research at various conferences including the International Feminist Journal of Politics, the Midwest Political Science Association, and the International Studies Association.


  • B.Med Lab Sc., Ben Gurion University
  • M.A., Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality Studies
  • Ph.D., Political Science, University of Cincinnati

Research Interests

  • Feminist international relations and security studies
  • Democratization
  • Governance and institutions
  • Civil society and activism
  • Political Islam
  • Middle East
  • Gender politics
  • Social movements
  • Regime change

Courses Taught

  • Global Security Studies
  • Political Science Research Methods
  • US Foreign Policy
  • Political Islam
  • Terror, State and Society
  • Cyber Security
  • Politics if "Fake News,"
  • International Politics

Areas of Expertise


Associate Professor of Political Science, Head Fellow for the Center for the Study of Race, Ethnicity, and Social Justice


Political Science & Intl Relat