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Central European University
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Migration; History; Transnationalism; Diaspora; Gender; Islamic Feminism; Sociology of Religion
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About Me

My research interests include migrants and migration networks, diaspora and transnationalism, feminist ethnography, gender and sexuality, Islamic and postcolonial feminist critique, religious ritual, memory and trauma, and food history. I teaches courses on qualitative ethnographic methods, gender and migration, Islamic feminism, and political radicalism in Islam, bringing to these topics a much needed historical context for understanding current events and processes that have precipitated increasing displacement, conflict, and radicalism globally. My forthcoming book manuscript, The Transnational Lives of Iraqi Women: Negotiating Faith, Family and Community Across the Diaspora, is currently under review with University of Toronto Press. The book explores the memories and identities of displaced Iraqi female refugees over several sites of settlement in Jordan and later in North America. With a focus on Muslim feminism in the modern Arab World, my current research interests continue to focus on individual life histories and what these can tell us about women’s day-to-day experiences both in the past, and as migrants in the contemporary world.

Recent Publications

The Transnational Lives of Iraqi Women: Negotiating Faith, Family and Community Across the Diaspora, (forthcoming: accepted and under contract with the Gender and Women series, University of Toronto Press), 263 pages


“Qahwa and Kleiche: Drinking Coffee in Oral History Interviews with Iraqi Women in Diaspora,” Global Food History Journal, (January 2017):


“Feminist Oral History: Assessing the Dueling Narratives of Iraqi Women in Diaspora,” Sisters or Strangers: Immigrant, Ethnic, and Racialized Women in Canadian History, second edition, Marlene Epp and Franca Iacovetta, eds., (University of Toronto Press, May 2016), 24 pages


“Third Parties in ‘Third Spaces’: The Multifaceted Role of Translator in Oral History Interviews with Iraqi Diasporic Women,” Oral History Off the Record: Towards an Ethnography of Practice, Palgrave Studies in Oral History, Stacey Zembrzycki and Anna Sheftel, eds., (Palgrave Macmillan: Toronto and London, 2014), 169-183


“Iraqi Women, Identity and Islam in Toronto: Reflections on a New Diaspora,” Canadian Ethnic Studies Journal/ Études Ethniques au Canada, 40, no. 3 (2008): 131-147


Media Coverage
Country Focus
Iraq; Canada; America
Expertise by Geography
Middle East, North America, Western Europe
Expertise by Chronology
7, 8, 9
Expertise by Topic
Colonialism, Food History, Gender, Libraries & Archives, Local & Regional, Material Culture, Migration & Immigration, Pedagogy, Politics, Public History, Race, Rebellion & Revolution, Religion, Sexuality, Women