Migration; diaspora; political economy; digital activism; language politics; gender; international development; religion; ethnography; Central Asia; Tajikistan
Marintha Miles' PhD research examines how women in Tajikistan utilize religion to gain social mobility and other advantages within the political economy. She previously earned a B.A. from Cal State East Bay in International Studies with an emphasis on Migration. Her senior thesis explored the online political activism of the Tajik diaspora in Russia. After undertaking ethnographic research in Tajikistan, she received an M.A. in Anthropology from The George Washington (GWU).
Ms. Miles’ articles have been published in Demokratizatsiya: The Journal of Post-Soviet Democratization and in Central Asian Affairs. She has presented her work at the University of Indiana Bloomington, New York University, and The George Washington University Elliot School of International Relations. She also spearheaded the GWU Gelman Library Global Resource Center’s web-archiving of digital material from across Central Asia. She is proficient in Russian, Tajik, and Farsi.
Ms. Miles is currently a Graduate Teaching Assistant in the Honor’s College.