Mhani Alaoui is a Casablanca-based writer and anthropologist.

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She lived in the US for twelve years, where she began by studying comparative literature and the recent history and cultures of the Arab World. She then went on to receive a PhD in Anthropology from Princeton University, focusing on illegal migration and gray borderlands in the Western Mediterranean. She is a Professor of Sociology and Anthropology at the Casablanca School of Architecture. 

Her first novel, Dreams of Maryam Tair, released in 2015, received the Independent Publisher Book Award and the Indiefab Award.

Her second novel, Aya Dane, was released in Fall 2018.  A preview, The Expat, appeared in the Massachusetts Review, June 2018.