Shirin Edwin

Shirin Edwin
Associate Professor of Comparative Literature, NYU Shanghai; Global Network Associate Professor, NYU

Shirin Edwin is author of L’islam mis en relation: Le roman francophone de l’Afrique de l’Ouest (Kimé, 2009) and Privately Empowered: Expressing Feminism in Islam in Northern Nigerian Fiction (Northwestern University Press, 2016). She has published on Islam, gender and African literatures in Journal of African Cultural Studies, Women’s Studies International Forum, Gender, Place and Culture: A Journal of Feminist Geography, Frontiers: A Journal of Women’s Studies, Journal of Middle Eastern Women’s Studies, Gender and Education and Teaching the African Novel (MLA, Options for Teaching).



  • PhD, French
    Vanderbilt University
  • MA, French
    Bangalore University

Research Interests

  • African Literatures
  • Islam
  • Gender Studies
  • Postcolonial Literatures

Courses Taught

  • Comparative Islamic Feminisms in World Literature
  • Gender and Migration in Islam
  • Introduction to Gender and Feminism in African Literature
  • Perspectives on the Humanities: Comparative Islamic Feminisms in World Literature
  • Topics in Literature: Foundations: What is Literature?