Ibtissam Bouachrine is a full professor at Smith College. Trained as a medievalist, her scholarship and teaching focus on the medieval and modern societies of Iberia, North Africa, and the Middle East. She is the author of two books on women and gender in Muslim-majority countries, Women and Islam: Myths, Apologies, and the Limits of Feminist Critique (2014) and Anthem of Misogyny (forthcoming 2022).
Her current research interest lies at the intersection of technology, ethics, law, and women’s rights in Muslim-majority contexts. As a visiting scholar at the Berkman Klein Center’s Institute for Rebooting Social Media, she will research a book project tentatively titled, The Digital Lives of Muslim Women.
Bouachrine has been awarded grants and fellowships by the National Endowment for the Humanities, The David Rockefeller Center for Latin American Studies at Harvard University, and the Association for the Study of the Middle East and Africa. She has been a Visiting Scholar at the Center for European and Mediterranean Studies at New York University.
She has held a number of administrative roles at Smith, including Chair of the Department of Spanish and Portuguese, Director of the Middle East Studies Program, and co-Director of the Women’s Education Concentration. She currently serves on the editorial boards of Meridians: Feminism, Race, Transnationalism and the Journal of the Middle East and Africa.