P.D. Soros Fellowship for New Americans


Zarina Maiwandi, 1999

PhD, Columbia University

Zarina Maiwandi is an immigrant from Afghanistan

Fellowship awarded to support work towards a PhD in Comparative Literature and English at Columbia University

Zarina Maiwandi edits books and teaches the Diamond Approach in the US, Asia, and UK.

Zarina was born in Kabul, Afghanistan just before the Soviet occupation in 1979. When she was eight, her family fled to Pakistan and subsequently received political asylum in the United States.

At New York University, Zarina graduated summa cum laude in literature and politics, and in 2012 she completed a Ph.D. in English and Comparative Literature at Columbia University.

  • PhD Comparative Literature, English | Columbia University 2012
  • | Georgetown University 1998
  • BA English Literature, Politics | New York University (NYU) 1996
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