Assistant Professor of Global Studies
Helena Zeweri joined the Global Studies Faculty in 2020. She currently teaches in the Security and Justice Track and offers courses on global migration, immigrant-led political activism, and humanitarianism. Helena's research examines the politics of race and gender within immigrant-targeted social welfare in settler colonial states, with a focus on Australia. Rooted in ethnographic methods, Helena's research broadly focuses on the anthropology of violence, the state, and humanitarianism. Her current project examines refugee-led resistance and solidarities in spaces of detention. Other research interests include the gender dynamics of Muslim diasporic politics in Australia and the logics of gender-based humanitarian programs in Afghanistan.
Helena's research has been published in the International Journal of Feminist Politicsand Feminist Formations. Outside of academia, Helena is involved in an Afghan American interdisciplinary social justtice collective. She has also worked for various non-profits focused on global education and citizenship, including Global Language Project and the NYU Center for Dialogues.