Anna Mansson McGinty

Associate Professor
Geography and Women's and Gender Studies
 (414) 229-2650
 Bolton Hall 478


PhD, European Ethnology, Lund University, Sweden, 2002
MA, European Ethnology, Lund University, 1996
BA, European Ethnology, Lund University, 1994

Office Hours

Mondays 2:00 – 3:00pm

Courses Taught

Geog 231 – Geography of Islam Syllabus
Geog 381 – Honors Seminar: Gendered Spaces
Geog 410 – Gendered Geographies Syllabus
Geog 437 – Qualitative Methods in Geography
WGS 300 – Gender and Spirituality: Women and Gender in Islam
WGS 401 – Global Feminisms (blended online class) Syllabus
WGS 411 – Women’s Studies Research and Methods
WGS 500 – Advanced Social Science Seminar: Gender and Culture
WGS 700 – Feminist Issues and Scholarship

Research Interests

My research centers on the formation of Muslim identities and geographies in the West, looking at the intertwined personal, social, and political contexts. Overall, my research agenda is driven by an interest in identity processes, gender and religion, and politics of representations.

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 self-identity, personal life-story, and 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. 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 recent ethnographic 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. Looking at the intricate relationship of identity, faith, and activism, the project explores important questions regarding contemporary expressions of Islam in the United States and Muslim minority experiences. 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?

Representative Publications

Mansson McGinty, A. M. (2014, April (2nd Quarter/Spring)). Emotional geographies of veiling: The meanings of the hijab for five Palestinian American Muslim women. Gender, Place and Culture, 21(6), 683-700.
Sziarto, K., Anna, & Seymour-Jorn, C. (2014). Diverse Muslims in a Racialized landscape: Race, Ethnicity, Islamophobia, and Urban Space in Milwaukee. Journal of Muslim Minority Affairs, 34(1), 1-21.
Mansson McGinty, A. M., Sziarto, K. M., & Seymour-jorn, C. (2013). Research within and against Islamophobia: A collaboration project with Muslim communities. Social and Cultural Geography, 14(1), 1-22.
Mansson McGinty, A. M. (2012). "Teaching against Culture" in Geography of Islam. The Professional Geographer, 64(3), 358-369.
Mansson McGinty, A. M. (2012). The "mainstream Muslim" opposing Islamophobia: Self-representations of American Muslims. Environment and Planning A, 44(12), 2957-2973.
Mansson McGinty, A. M. (2007). Formation of alternative femininities through Islam: Feminist approaches among Muslim converts in Sweden. Women’s Studies International Forum, 30(6), 474-485.
Mansson McGinty, A. M. (2006). Becoming Muslim: Western Women’s Conversions to Islam. Paperback edition, 2009. New York: Palgrave Macmillan.