Nazli is a Professor of Sociology and Associate Dean of the Faculty of Social Sciences at Boston University. She teaches courses on the sociology of families and immigration and conducts research in these areas. She has written extensively on racial and ethnic identity formations, refugee resettlement, immigration policy, the children of immigrants, and the challenges faced by immigrant mothers raising children with disabilities. Nazli also holds an administrative post at the College of Arts and Sciences at Boston University, as Associate Dean of the Faculty of Social Sciences. She has participated and led a number of important initiatives at her workplace, on Diversity and Inclusion, the Center for Innovation in Social Sciences, and others.
Nazli was born in Bangladesh. She obtained her BA degree from Wellesley College and a doctorate from the University of Pennsylvania.