Ahmed Afzal

Contact Information

Office: McCarthy Hall 426G

Phone: 657-278-3626

Email: aafzal@fullerton.edu 

Ahmed Afzal

Assistant Professor 


Ahmed Afzal completed his undergraduate education at Vassar College (BA, Self-Designed Major: Third World Cultures), and his graduate education at the London School of Economics (MSc, Environmental Assessment and Evaluation) and at Yale University (MPhil and PhD, Cultural Anthropology). Ahmed has taught at Colgate University, State University of New York at Purchase, and California State University, Stanislaus, prior to teaching at California State University, Fullerton. Dr. Afzal is the author of Lone Star Muslims: Transnational Lives and the South Asian Experience in Texas (New York University Press, 2015). His research focuses on globalization, urbanism and everyday life, gender and sexuality, and new immigrant experiences with special emphasis on the United States and contemporary Pakistan.


MPhil and PhD (Cultural Anthropology), Yale University

MSc (Environmental Assessment and Evaluation), London School of Economics

BA (Third World Cultures), Vassar College 

Research Areas

Globalization, urbanism, gender and sexuality, new immigrant experiences, United States, Pakistan 

Selected Publications


Lone Star Muslims: Transnational Lives and the South Asian Experience in Texas. New York: New York University Press, 2014. 

Journal Articles

 “Being Gay Has Been a Curse for Me”: Gay Muslim Americans, narrative and negotiations of belonging in the Muslim ummah. Journal of Language and Sexuality, Special Issue: Queering Borders: Language, Sexuality and Migration, 3: 1 (2014), 60-86.

From an Informal to a Transnational Muslim Heritage Economy: Transformations in the Pakistani ethnic economy in Houston, Texas. Urban Anthropology, 39: 4 (2010), 397-424.

Book Chapters

“You’ll Learn Much about Pakistanis from Listening to Radio”: Pakistani radio programming in Houston, Texas. In Global Asian American Popular Cultures, edited by Shilpa Dave, LeiLeni Nishime, and Tasha Oren, pp. 124-138. New York: New York University Press. May 2016.   

Islam, Marriage, and Yaari: Making meaning of male same-sex sexual relationships in Pakistan. In Cultural Politics of Gender and Sexuality in Contemporary Asia, edited by Tiantian Zheng, pp. 187-204. Honolulu: U. of Hawai’i Press. March 2016.

“It’s Allah’s Will that I am Here”: U.S. State surveillance and the immigrant experience of the Pakistani Muslim working poor”. In Shifting Positionalities: The Local and Global Geopolitics of Surveillance and Policy, edited by M. Viteri & A. Tobler, pp. 184-203. UK: Cambridge Scholars. 2009.

Family Planning & Male Friendships: Saathi condom and male same sex-sexual desire in Pakistan. In Culture & the Condom, edited by K. Anijar & T. DaoJensen, pp. 177-205. N.Y.: Peter Lang. 2005.

Reviews & Encyclopedia Chapters

Invited Review of Queer Beirut, by Sofian Merabet. American Ethnologist. 42: 4: 785-87, Nov 2015.

Intimacies, Relationships and Socialities: South Asians and Racialist America in the Early Twentieth Century. A Review Essay of Bengali Harlem and the Lost Histories of South Asian America, by Vivek Bald; Stranger Intimacy: Contesting Race, Sexuality, and the Law in the North American West, by Nayan Shah; and Coolie Woman: The Odyssey of Indenture, by Gaiutra Bahadur. American Studies Journal. 54: 2: 5-17, June 2015.

Gay Rights and Legislation in Puerto Rico. In Proud Heritage: People, Issues, and Documents of the LGBT Experience (3 vols.), edited by Chuck Stewart, pp. 1157-64. Santa Barbara: ABC-Clio, 2014.

Invited Review of Terrifying Muslims: Race and Labor in the South Asian Diaspora, by Junaid Rana. American Anthropologist, 116: 1: 42-43, March 2014.

Invited Review of Muslims in Motion: Islam and Muslim Identity in the Bangladeshi Diaspora, by Nazli Kibria.  Amerasia Journal, 39: 2: 126-129, 2013.

“Ethnocentrism” and “Veil”.  Encyclopedia of Immigrant Health, edited by S. Loueand M. Sajatovic, pp. 655-56 and pp. 1468-69. New York: Springer + Business, 2011.