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Department of Critical Culture, Gender, & Race Studies Faculty & Staff

Raihan M. Sharif

Raihan Sharif

Ph.D. Candidate (ABD)
M.A., American Studies (Fulbright Scholar), Washington State University
M.A., English Literature and Cultural Studies, Jahangirnagar University

Curriculum vitae

Raihan M. Sharif has previously taught CES 440, Global Social Justice, in summer 2015; CES 244, Critical Globalizations, in spring 2015; Amer_St/Women_St 216, American Cultures, in summer 2014; and CES 101, Introduction to Comparative Ethnic Studies, in spring 2014, fall 2014, fall 2015, and fall 2016. His teaching assistantship was CES 380, Immigration and Citizenship in the Global Economy, under the mentorship of Associate Professor Rory J. Ong in fall 2013.

Raihan is a scholar-activist, organizer, lyricist, and poet. In his scholarly works, he spatializes resistance against homo-neoliberal and neo-imperial forces while decolonizing influential academic discourses: sexual citizenship, queer politics, neoliberal diversity, hybridity discourses, etc.

Raihan’s Ph.D. dissertation, titled “Spatialization of Revolutionary Surges and Cultural Innovations: A Rhythmanalysis of Recuperation in the Necrocapitalist Matrix,” examines the politics of differences, limitations of intersectional analysis, deployments of micropolitics in de-radicalization of resistance, rise of the cultural as the neo-political, and emergence of queer vitality within configurations of biopower and necropower.

However, he also works along the axes of his primary interests. He examines unequal power relations along the host/migrant paradigm in the US, challenges the politics of native agents in diasporic fictions, destabilizes global Islamophobia within the frame of moral panic in the west, critiques abandonment of disabled and poor people in the global south, exposes the imperial logic of hybridity discourses (Bhabha), studies creation, growth, and sustainability of academic programs related to inequality (e.g., ethnic, LGBTQ, disability, critical cultural studies), examines dissenting citizenship (Maira), and investigates queer asylum cases.

His work is influenced by Henry Lefebvre, Alain Badiou, David Harvey, Fredric Jameson, Terry Eagleton, Antonio Gramsci, Chela Sandoval, John Streamas, Azfar Hussain, Jasbir K. Puar, Sara Ahmed, and Jodi Melamed, among others, while he routinely critiques Homi K. Bhabha, James C. Scott, Michel de Certeau, Michel Foucault, and Gilles Deleuze.

  • Raihan helped form Global Center of Advanced Studies (GCAS) in Michigan, USA. GCAS works to transform higher education to make it more inclusive and committed to justice.
  • Raihan is an Editor and Fellow at Heathwood. He helps guide and manage the Race, Class, Gender, Ability: Cultural Studies and Critical Intersections research cluster.
    Check Heathwood Articles:
  • Raihan is a teaching scholar at The Cooperative Institute for Transnational Studies (CITS),

Research Interests

  • Queer Studies
    Political asylum of brown queers and Muslim queers; queer vitality and necropower
  • Postcolonial Studies
    Hybridity, empire, neoliberalism
  • Racial Politics
    Islamophobia as new racism; incarceration of blacks, browns, and Muslims
  • Diasporic Studies
    Native agents, dissenting citizenship, host/migrant exchanges
  • Visual and Digital Culture
    Billboard, meme, hactivism, WikiLeaks, Anonymous
  • Space and Time
    Politics of time, (s)pace, rhythm, spatialization of resistance, reproduction of uneven spaces in urban design and architecture, spatiotemporal quality of the historical riot (Badiou)
  • Social Movement Analysis
    Civil rights movement, Occupy Wall Street, Arab Spring
  • Academia
    Academic-industrial complex, scholarly activism, sustainability of academic programs related to inequality

Raihan helped form Global Center of Advanced Studies (GCAS) in Michigan, USA. GCAS works to transform higher education to make it more inclusive and committed to justice. Raihan has contributed to Shahbag Movement (2013) and Bungehuis and Maagdenhuis Occupations (2015) through online activism, music composition, and his scholarly writing.



Book Chapters
  • “Inter-societal Homophobia and Homonationalist Gaze: Challenges of Bangladeshi Homosexuals in Internal and External Migration”. Gender and Youth Migration: A Global Survey. Ed. Glenda Tibe Bonifacio. Palgrave McMillan.  (Forthcoming in 2016).
  • “Homonationalism.” The Psychic Life of Racism in Gay Men’s Communities. Damien Riggs, Ed. Rowman & Littlefield. (Forthcoming 2017).
  • “Understanding Culture for Pedagogy.” Language and Culture into Every Classroom. Joy Egbert and Gisela Ernst-Slavit, eds. Information Age Publishing, NC, USA. (Forthcoming in 2017).
Peer-Reviewed Journal Articles
  • “Beyond Metropolises: Hybridity in Transnational Contexts.” Disclosure: A Journal of Social Theory. Vol. 25 (2016).
  • “Critical Theory for the 21st Century: Game for Change, Dance for Future, and Rhythm for Revolution.” Heathwood Journal of Critical Theory. Vol 1, issue 2 (2016).
  • Sharif, Raihan (2016). “Differentiation of Death: Necrostrategies and Tactics of Resistance in the Necrocapitalist Regimes.” Lateral: Journal of the Cultural Studies Association. (Forthcoming in May 2016).
  • ‘Stasis’ and ‘Motion’ for the Transgendered: Towards a Trans-Political Economy. Transgender Studies Quarterly. (Paper submitted).



  • Sharif, Raihan (2011), “Vesuvius in America: Rich and Dickinson,” Jahangirnagar Review. Dhaka: Faculty of Arts and Humanities.
  • Sharif, Raihan (2011), “Feminism versus Postfeminism: Postfeminists’ Quest for Groundless Solidarity,” Harvest, Dhaka: Department of English, Jahangirnagar University.
  • Sharif, Raihan (2010), “Representation of Silence in Literature,” Harvest. Dhaka: Department of English, Jahangirnagar University.
  • Sharif, Raihan (2009), “The Birth of the Fourth Reader,” Harvest. Dhaka: Department of English, Jahangirnagar University.
  • Sharif, Raihan (2008), “Hughes’ Crow: A Prophet in the Fallen World,” Harvest. Dhaka: Department of English, Jahangirnagar University.


  • “Motion and Stasis for the Brown Transgenders: Transnational Reproduction of (Im)mobility.” Tufts Humanities Conference: Mobile Communities. Anderson Hall. Tufts University, Medford, MA. Friday, October 28, 2016.
  • “From ‘Murderous Inclusion’ to ‘Machinic Enslavement’: Networks for Ethnic Studies.” Symposium on American Ethnic Studies: Toward Transdisciplinary Perspectives. Samuel E. Kelly Ethnic Cultural Center. University of Washington, Seattle, WA.  Friday, May 6, 2016.
  • “Co-Space Creators as Performers: Campus Protests to End Racial Inequality.” Interdisciplinary Symposium on Space. Washington State University, Pullman, WA. Friday, October 21, 2016.
  • “Whose Transnationalism?” Claremont Interdisciplinary Conference: Lost in Transnationalism:   Reflections on Multiculturalism and Globalization. Department of Cultural Studies, Claremont Graduate University, California, USA, October 26, 2012.
  • “Hybridity in the Postcolonial Cultural Studies.” Faculty Seminar. East West University, Bangladesh, June 12, 2013.
  • “The Role of Computer Technology in Development of English Skills.” English and Technology Conference. Faculties of Arts and Humanities, Jahangirnagar University, Savar, Dhaka, June 14, 2011.
  • “Television as a Cultural Text.” English 4 Today Conference. Department of English, Jahangirnagar University, Savar, Dhaka, January, 2010.
  • “Alan Badiou’s Theory of Evil.” Faculty Enrichment Seminar. Department of Philosophy, Jahangirnagar University, Bangladesh, June, 2009.
  • “The Role of Consumers as Audience of Ads and Billboards.” Cultural Studies Conference. University of Liberal Arts, Bangladesh. February, 2008.
  • “Mirror and the Gun”: Postcoloniality and Diaspora. Latin American Literature International Conference in a panel chaired by Professor Rajagopalan Radhakrishnan, UC, Irvine, USA arranged by Jahangirnagar University, Bangladesh. July, 2006.

Invited Speaker Presentations

  • “Approaching Geopolitical Tensions in Solving Global problems,” Global Case Competition, April 11, 2014. International Programs, Washington State University.
  • “Integrating Culture in Education,” International Mother Language Day, March 2, 2014. Association of Bangladeshi Students and Scholars, WSU.

Contact Mr. Sharif
Wilson-Short Hall 10H

Spring 2018 Office Hours

Thursdays, 12:00–2:00 p.m., and by appointment

Course Materials

Spring 2018
Summer 2018
Past Courses