Sameena Azhar

Social Worker and Researcher

Bronx (United States)

From November 7 to November 20, 2017

Biography —

Sameena Azhar is a doctoral candidate in the School of Social Service Administration at the University of Chicago. She received a Bachelor of Arts degree from UC Berkeley and Masters degrees in Social Work and Public Health from the University of Pennsylvania. She works as a Licensed Clinical Social Worker for the Village of Niles with monolingual Hindi/Urdu-speaking immigrants. She is a Minority Fellow for the Council on Social Work Education and a Dissertation Writing Fellow for the Center for the Study of Gender and Sexuality at the University of Chicago. She has more than a decade of clinical and research experience in the fields of HIV, mental health, and substance abuse. She plays jazz piano and adores the town of Bodega Bay in northern California.

Project —

She will spend most of her time at Faber working on her dissertation research, which pertains to HIV stigma, gender and depression for cisgender women and hijra/transgender women in Hyderabad, south India. She also plans to hold a biweekly working group for feminist English-speaking writers at the Faber residency. Each session will focus exclusively on the work of one contributor and will offer a supportive feminist space to be able to discuss and improve one’s craft. The main purpose of the group will be to support feminists in presenting their own work and offering constructive feedback to others.