I am a sociologist of international migration, and race and ethnicity. I am currently a doctoral candidate at the University of California, Los Angeles. I will be an Assistant Professor of Sociology at the University of Toronto-St. George beginning in July 2018.
The overarching question that guides all my research pursuits is how transnational, global forms of inequality intersect with race to affect immigrant groups, particularly those coming from Muslim-majority developing countries to the United States and Canada. Specifically, I study how global politics shapes Muslims’ identity formation—not just in terms of how others see Muslims, but also how Muslims see themselves.
Although I began my projects before the rise of what is now popularly referred to as the “Trump phenomenon,” my research has now become extremely relevant in light of the recent political developments not only in the U.S. but also around the world by showing how global politics becomes salient and shapes Muslim immigrants’ identity-making processes.
My research has benefitted from an array of fellowships and grants, most notably the National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowship, and has produced several sole-authored publications in peer-reviewed journals, such as Sociological Forum, Ethnic and Racial Studies, Journal of Black Studies, and Cultural Dynamics.