Anila Daulatzai

Anila Daulatzai

Visiting Assistant Professor of Women’s Studies and Islamic Studies 2014–15
WSRP Research Associate 2014–15
Colorado Scholar
Anila Daulatzai


Anila Daulatzai is a socio-cultural anthropologist with active research projects in both Afghanistan and Pakistan. Her current interests primarily circulate around the themes of war and humanitarianism, as well as the related themes of violence and care. She has graduate degrees from UCLA in public health and Islamic studies, and completed her PhD in socio-cultural anthropology in 2013 at The Johns Hopkins University.

Research project

War and What Remains: Widowhood in Contemporary Afghanistan

Anila is writing a book based on her ethnographic research with widows and their families in Kabul. The working title for her current book manuscript is "War and What Remains: Everyday Life in Contemporary Kabul, Afghanistan." "War and What Remains" explores everyday life amidst a current war and occupation with a backdrop of prior wars, occupation, and humanitarianism. The book is based on more than four years of anthropological fieldwork conducted between 2003 and 2011 in Kabul, Afghanistan.

WSRP lecture

The Work of Work and the Work of Widows: Islamic Ethics and Neoliberal Normativities in Contemporary Kabul


HDS 3023: Talibanization (fall 2014)

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