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I can answer questions on women, gender, veiling, contemporary Arabic literature, Islamic Feminism and women's movements. I can also answer questions about Islam in Iran, Afghanistan, and the United States.
Currently I am a PhD Candidate in American Studies/American Islam at the College of William & Mary and serve on the Scholars Board of the American Islamic Fellowship. Prior to that, I was a lecturer in Religion and Languages at York College teaching Arabic, Islam, and World Religions. In Fall 2005, I interned for the Department of Women's Affairs and the Ambassador's Office at the Embassy of Afghanistan in Washington, D.C.
I have lectured to both faculty and community organizations on "Women in Islam" (including belief, practice, and textiles) and on "Islam in America."
My educational background is broadly in Islam and Gender, Literature, and American Islam.
Association for Middle Eastern Women's Studies American Academy of Religion Middle East Studies Association of North America American Islamic Fellowship International Campaign Against Honour Killings Women Against Crimes of Honour
Arabesques (Article on Assia Djebar and Algerian Literature) Encyclopedia of Women in Islamic Cultures (Encyclopedia Article on Afghan Women's Poetry) Journal of Middle East Women's Studies (Book Review) Bulletin, Middle East Studies Association (Book Review) Journal of Arab Media and Society (Book Review) Journal of Islamic Social Sciences (Book Review)
B.A. Middle Eastern Studies (specializing in Gender) and Spanish (Dickinson College) Study Abroad: Universidad de Granada and the American University in Cairo (2001-02) M.A. Islamic Societies and Cultures (University of London) M.A. Gender and Identity in the Middle East (University of Exeter) Ph.D. Candidate, American Studies/American Islam, Department of American Studies (The College of William & Mary)
Awards and Honors
Master's Degree, Summa Cum Laude/Distinction (University of Exeter) Master's Thesis with Distinction (University of Exeter) Master's Thesis with Merit (University of London) Service Award (Embassy of Afghanistan)