mcginty_annaAnna Mansson McGinty

Associate Professor

Office: Bolton Hall, Room 478
Phone: 414-229-2650 (Women's Studies, 229-6059)
Curriculum Vitae: pdf

Mailing Address:

Professor Anna Mansson McGinty
Department of Geography
University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee
P.O. Box 413
Milwaukee, WI 53201-0413

Office Hours:

Mondays 2:00 - 3:00pm


Ph.D., European Ethnology, Lund University, Sweden, 2002
M.A., European Ethnology, Lund University, 1996
B.A., European Ethnology, Lund University, 1994

Research Interests:

My general research interests concern identity formation, gender, and religion, Muslim women in the West, gender in Islam, Islamic feminism, social and cultural theory, and ethnographic methods. My current research projects examine Muslim geographies and identities in the American Midwest.

My book Becoming Muslim. Western Women’s Conversion to Islam (Palgrave Macmillan 2006) is a person-centered ethnography on Swedish and American women who have converted to Islam with focus on their identity, personal life-story, and their understanding of Islam. Another project of mine, Gender Identity and Activism among Muslim Women in the Midwest, centers on the gender identity and political, social, and religious activism of Muslim women in the Midwest. Looking at the intricate relationship of identity, faith, and activism, the project explores salient questions regarding contemporary expressions of Islam in the United States. I am also involved in a collaborative partnership between academic researchers and Muslim community leaders—The Muslim Milwaukee Project (together with Caroline Seymour-Jorn and Kristin Sziarto)—a first of its kind demographic study which examines the characteristics and dynamics of the Muslim communities. In another ongoing project, Young, Muslim, and American: An Ethnography of Muslim Youth in Milwaukee, I look at the diverse religious, cultural, political, and personal expressions of Muslim youth cultures and identities in the greater Milwaukee area. A broader question underlying the project is: What does it mean to be a young Muslim in the United States in the early 21st century American society?

Teaching Interests:

As a joint faculty in Geography and Women’s Studies I teach courses within both programs. I regularly teach GEOG 231: Geography of Islam and WMNS: 411 Global Feminisms, as well as other upper level classes such as Gendered Geographies, Feminist Research Methods, Gender and Spirituality, and Gendered Spaces (honors seminar).

Courses Taught:

Geog 231: Geography of Islam, Syllabus (139kb)
Geog 381: Honors Seminar: Gendered Spaces
Geog 410: Gendered Geographies, Syllabus (367kb)
Wmns 300: Gender and Spirituality: Women and Gender in Islam
Wmns 401: Global Feminisms (blended online class), Syllabus (529kb)
Wmns 411: Women's Studies Research and Methods
Wmns 500: Advanced Social Science Seminar: Gender and Culture

Representative Publications:


2006. Becoming Muslim: Western Women’s Conversions to Islam. New York: Palgrave Macmillan. (Paperback edition, 2009).

Journal Articles

In press. Sziarto, K., Mansson McGinty, A. and C. Seymour-Jorn. Diverse Muslims in a Racialized landscape: Race, Ethnicity, Islamophobia, and Urban Space in Milwaukee, WI. Journal of Muslim Minority Affairs.

2013. Sziarto, K., Mansson McGinty, A. and C. Seymour-Jorn. The Muslim Milwaukee Project: Muslims Negotiating Racial and Ethnic Categories. The Wisconsin Geographer. 25: 67-93.

2013. Emotional geographies of veiling: The meanings of the hijab for five Palestinian American Muslim women. Gender, Place and Culture. Available online July 3, 2013:

2013. Mansson McGinty, Anna, Sziarto, Kristin and Caroline Seymour-Jorn. Research within and against Islamophobia: A collaboration project with Muslim communities. Social & Cultural Geography. 14(1): 1-22.

2012. The “mainstream Muslim” opposing Islamophobia: Self-representations of American Muslims. Environment and Planning A. 44(12): 2957 – 2973.

2012. “Teaching against culture” in Geography of Islam. The Professional Geographer. 64(3): 358-369.

2012. “Faith drives me to be an activist”: Muslim American women’s struggle for recognition and social justice. The Muslim World. 102(2): 371-389.

2007. Formation of alternative femininities through Islam: Feminist approaches among Muslim converts in Sweden. Women’s Studies International Forum. 30(6): 474-485.

1997. Att vara svensk och muslim: Reflektioner kring svenska kvinnors konversion till islam. (To be Swedish and Muslim: Reflections on Swedish women’s conversion to Islam). Kulturella Perspektiv (Cultural Perspectives) 1997:4.