Sylvia G Maier

Clinical Associate Professor

Center for Global Affairs

  • MA, University of Southern California
  • PHD, University of Southern California
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Dr. Sylvia Maier is a Clinical Associate Professor in the Center for Global Affairs where she directs the MSGA Concentration in Global Gender Studies, the Global Field Intensive to the United Arab Emirates, and serves as faculty adviser to the MSGA Gender Working Group. Sylvia’s principal fields of interest and expertise are women’s rights in the Middle East, South Central Asia, and the Gulf States, with a particular focus on the United Arab Emirates, Afghanistan, and Iraqi Kurdistan, where she has taught and conducted extensive field research. Sylvia is especially interested in women’s culturally-situated strategies of (self-) empowerment and modes of resistance to patriarchy in deeply traditional societies, the “globalization-empowerment nexus” in the Gulf States, and the politics of integration and multiculturalism in Western Europe, chiefly the legal responses to cultural diversity and honor-based violence against women. Her co-edited book titled EU Development Policies: Between Norms and Geopolitics has just been published by Palgrave. Sylvia’s new research project, Making Cities Work for Women, is a comparative study of feminist urbanism in global cities—Berlin, Dubai, Vienna, New York—and explores in what ways feminist activists are influencing cities’ urban planning and design processes to reflect the needs, preferences, and lived realities of urban women. 

Complementing her academic work, Sylvia is the co-founder and deputy editor-in-chief of Women Across Frontiers, a digital women’s rights magazine, and serves as Director of Education Programs as well as on the board of The Peace Project, Inc.

Feb 23 2016

Sustainable Empowerment: An Assessment of EU Women¿s Capacity-Building Programs in Afghanistan in the Context of UNSR Resolution 1325

By FIU Jean Monnet Center Conference
Apr 04 2014

¿Leaning In ¿ A Global Perspective.¿ 2014. Max Weber Conference Working Paper Series, New York University. July

By Max Weber Conference Working Paper Series
Feb 15 2009

¿The Shari¿a in German and French Courts: Much Ado About Nothing?¿ 2009. New York Consortium for European Studies Newsletter. February Issue.

By New York Consortium for European Studies Newslette
Feb 03 2009

Sylvia Maier. ¿Honor Killings and the Cultural Defense in Germany,¿ in Multicultural Jurisprudence: Comparative Perspectives on the Cultural Defence (Oñati International Series in Law &Society). Eds. Alison Renteln and Marie-Claire Foblets

By Hart Publishing
Dec 20 2007

Sylvia Maier and Usha Nair-Reichert. 2008. ¿Empowering Women Through ICT-Based Business Initiatives: An Overview of Best Practices in E-Commerce Projects.¿

By Information Technologies&International Development
Dec 19 2007

Sylvia Maier and Michael L. Best. 2007. ¿Women and Internet Use in Five South Indian Villages: Obstacles and Opportunities.¿ Gender, Technology and Development 11(2): 137-156.

By Gender, Technology and Development 11(2)
Nov 01 2007

Sylvia Maier and Frank Schimmelfennig. 2007. Shared Values: Democracy and Human Rights,¿ in Governing Europe's Neighborhood: Partners or Periphery? Eds. Katja Weber, Michael Smith, and Michael Baun

By Manchester University Press
Jun 19 2006

Lifting the Veil in the Middle East.¿ 2006. Op-Ed, International Herald Tribune, 19 June.

By International Herald Tribune