Watson Institute for International and Public Affairs
Center for Contemporary South Asia
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Malay Firoz

PhD Candidate in Anthropology


Malay Firoz is a PhD candidate in the Department of Anthropology and holds a master’s degree from the Department of Modern Culture and Media. 

His research explores the politics of humanitarian aid for Syrian and Palestinian refugees in Jordan and Lebanon, using a comparative ethnographic lens to examine a recent turn within humanitarianism towards “resilience-based” approaches to aid. His project traces how the resilience paradigm draws humanitarian organizations into deeper entanglements with the policy priorities of asylum states, and analyzes the ethical implications of this paradigm for refugee rights and humanitarian principles of neutrality and independence.

Firoz’s research is located at the intersections of political anthropology, the anthropology of humanitarianism, the anthropology of ethics, critical theory, postcolonial theory and Middle East studies. His work has been supported by the Woodrow Wilson Foundation, the National Science Foundation, the American Philosophical Society, the Graduate Program in Development at the Watson Institute for International and Public Affairs, as well as the Global Mobility Program and the Open Graduate Program through Brown University Graduate School.

Ph.D. (est.) Anthropology, Brown University, 2020
M.A. Modern Culture and Media, Brown University, 2019
M.A. Anthropology, Brown University, 2014
M.A. Sociology, University of Delhi, 2010
B.A. (H) English, University of Delhi, 2008