Mehraj Jahan

Assistant Professor ( Adjunct )


After graduating from University of Pittsburgh, USA with a PhD in Sociology in 1987, I moved to Singapore where I taught at several institutions including the Department of Sociology, at National University of Singapore from 1988 onwards. I was also involved in a number of NGOs in Singapore. I split my time between teaching and doing social work as a volunteer. I joined Zayed University in Spring 2007 teaching in the then Department of Social and Behavioral Sciences.


Ph D in Sociology University of Pittsburgh, PA. USA 1987

M A in Sociology University of Pittsburgh, PA. USA 1983

M A in Sociology. University of Dhaka, Bangladesh 1975

B A Honors in Sociology. University of Dhaka, Bangladesh 1974


Membership and professional activities

Member of ISA (International Sociological Association)

Member of AWARE (Association of Women for Action and Research) Singapore

Coordinator of NAW (Network of Asian Women) an NGO operating from Singapore

Member of Executive Committee and Board of Directors of Shuchona Foundation, Bangladesh. Shuchona Foundation is a not-for-profit advocacy, research and capacity-building organization specializing in neurodevelopmental disorders (NDDs) and mental health.

Languages spoken:

English, Bengali, Urdu and Hindi


Informal interests

Travelling, cooking and volunteer work

Research and Professional Activities


Research interests:

Women’s empowerment, Women and Development, Migration and Domestic workers, Medical Tourism

Current Projects:

Current project on biographical studies of Bangladeshi domestic workers in Abu Dhabi

Ongoing research on Migration: Comparative study of migrant workers in UAE and Singapore

Ongoing research on comparative study of Foreign Domestic Workers in ASEAN countries

Teaching Areas


  • HSS-251-World History
  • HSS-341-Development&Underdevelopment
  • HSS-374-Comparative Sociology
  • HSS-458-World Region: South Asia
  • ANT-362-Popular Cultures
  • GEN-150-Global Awareness I: Human Geography
  • COL-150-Global Awareness I: Ancient Civilization
  • COL-155-Global Awareness II: Imperial Encounters
  • COL-250--Global Awareness III
  • COL-155-People Places & Traditions
  • Colloquy 120; Colloquy 155; Colloquy 155
  • Advising courses
  • Introduction to Psychology



“Coping and Overcoming: South Asian Domestic Workers in the United Arab Emirates”.  (with H. H. Khondker). in Ajaya Kumar Sahoo, ed. Diaspora, Development and Distress: Indians in the Persian Gulf.  2015 Jaipur (India) : Ra