PhD Candidate in Anthropology, Media, and Performance, University of Manchester

Asif Majid is a scholar-artist-educator who researches, teaches, performs, and makes work at the intersection of performance and politics. Particularly, he does this in terms of devising, improvisation, and participatory theatre with marginalized communities.

He is currently pursuing a practice-based PhD in Anthropology, Media, and Performance at The University of Manchester, where he focuses on making theatre with British Muslim youth as a way to understand the sociopolitical narratives they face. His thesis argues that Islam can be viewed as more than just a religious faith or a "discursive tradition," as anthropologist Talal Asad puts it. It can also be viewed as an art-making tradition, the implications of which are that making art and Muslim subjectivities are interrelated.

Asif graduated summa cum laude and Phi Beta Kappa with a self-designed BA in Interdisciplinary Studies (Global Peace Building and Conflict Management) from UMBC, earned an MA with Distinction in Conflict Resolution from Georgetown University. Currently, he is also an inaugural Lab Fellow with Georgetown’s Laboratory for Global Performance and Politics.


  • –present
    PhD Canddiate - Anthropology, Media, and Performance, University of Manchester


  • 2015 
    Georgetown University, MA - Conflict Resolution