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drs. Menal Ahmad


PhD candidate




Menal Ahmad is a cultural anthropologist and PhD candidate at the department of Citizenship and Humanization of the Public Sector. Her research interests focus on topics related to gender structures, migration, cultural diversity, family care, intersectionality, and Middle Eastern societies. Menal’s multilingual and culturally diverse background adds academic value to her researches.

For her master research she conducted ethnographic fieldwork on female martial artists in Tehran (Iran), in which she illuminated the relationship between gender, sport, empowerment, and citizenship. This research was among the three best master theses in the field of gender studies and anthropology in the Netherlands (LOVA/Marjan Rens MA Thesis Award 2017).

Within her current research she is interested in the care-experiences of persons with a migration background who are providing care for a family member with dementia. Gender norms, emotion work, and intersectionality are the main focus areas. This research is conducted under the supervision of prof. Sawitri Saharso, prof. Evelien Tonkens, and dr. Jennifer van den Broeke. 

Selectie publicaties

Ahmad, M., van den Broeke, J., Saharso, S., & Tonkens, E. (2020). Persons With a Migration Background Caring for a Family Member With Dementia: Challenges to Shared Care. The Gerontologist, 60(2), 340-349.


Gender structures, migration, cultural diversity, family care, intersectionality, Middle Eastern societies.