Cyra Akila Choudhury

Cyra Choudhury

Cyra Akila Choudhury


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Cyra Akila Choudhury is a professor of law at FIU College of Law in Miami, Florida. Her scholarship focuses on religion and property, international and comparative gender, human rights, and legal theory. Her scholarship has been published by leading law reviews and her book Islamophobia and the Law, co-edited by Khaled A. Beydoun, was published in 2020. In addition to her scholarly work, Professor Choudhury established and runs a series of workshops and roundtables on feminism, race, and academia that brings together top scholars from around the globe to discuss the most important issues of our time.


JD, LLM, Georgetown University Law Center; MA, Political Science, Columbia University

Areas of Expertise

  1. Law
  2. Gender
  3. Family Law
  4. International Human Rights
  5. Islamophobia
  6. Religious Property

Selected Publications

Reflections on the Christchurch Massacre: Incorporating a Critique of Islamophobia and TWAIL,” Third World Approaches to International Law Review: Reflections (September 2019).

National and Transnational Security Regimes: South Asia,” in Encyclopedia of Women in Islamic Cultures, ed. Suad Joseph (Brill, 2017).

Governance Feminism’s Imperial Misadventure: Progress, International Law, and the Security of Afghan Women,” in Contesting Feminisms: Gender and Islam in Asia, ed. Huma Ahmed Ghosh (SUNY Press, 2015).

Ideology, Identity, and Law in the Production of Islamophobia,” Dialectical Anthropology 39 (2015): 47–61.

Globalizing the Margins: Legal Exiles in the War on Terror and Liberal Feminism’s War for Muslim Women,” International Review of Constitutionalism 9, no. 2 (2010).

Empowerment or Estrangement? Liberal Feminism’s Vision of the ‘Progress’ of Muslim Women,University of Baltimore Law Forum 39, no. 2 (2009): 153–72.

Terrorists & Muslims: The Construction, Performance and Regulation of Muslim Identities in the Post-9/11 United States,” Rutgers Journal of Law and Religion 7, no. 3 (April 2006).

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