Mariam Chughtai has a Doctorate in Education (Ed.D.) from Harvard University in the Education Policy, Leadership and Instructional Practice track. Her doctoral thesis focused on the politics of making and breaking national identity in Pakistan through the use of history textbooks. Mariam has two masters degrees, also from Harvard, in International Education Policy and Education Policy and Management, and a Bachelors in Political Science from Rice University.
Mariam founded the Harvard Pakistan Student Group (HPSG) in 2009 with a small community of less than 20 people. She handed over an organization with over 600 members three years later, having established HPSG as the first university-wide student organization recognized by Harvard University. These efforts trail blazed the path for 30 other student groups to achieve this status in HPSG's footsteps.
As a teaching fellow, Mariam has taught several courses at the Harvard Graduate School of Education, along with Leadership at Harvard Kennedy School and Negotiations at Harvard Law School. After her doctorate, Mariam sees herself returning to Pakistan to work towards systemic social change through education. She hopes to engage youth in political participation and discourse on their right to quality education.