Sylvia G Maier
Clinical Associate Professor
Center for Global Affairs
- MA, University of Southern California
- PHD, University of Southern California
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.