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Rabab Abdulhadi, Evelyn Alsultany, and Nadine Naber


New Texts Out Now: Rabab Abdulhadi, Evelyn Alsultany, and Nadine Naber, Arab and Arab American Feminisms

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Rabab Abdulhadi, Evelyn Alsultany, and Nadine Naber, editors, Arab and Arab American Feminisms: Gender, Violence, and Belonging. Syracuse: Syracuse University Press, 2011. Jadaliyya (J): What made you put together this collection? Rabab Abdulhadi, Evelyn Alsultany, Nadine Naber (RA, EA, NN): It was a year after 11 September 2001, and the three of us were on the same panel at the American Anthropological Association in New Orleans. As we sat at Café du Monde, we noted how ...

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Rabab Abdulhadi, Evelyn Alsultany, and Nadine Naber



Rabab Abdulhadi is Associate Professor of Ethnic Studies/Race and Resistance Studies and the Senior Scholar of the Arab and Muslim Ethnicities and Diasporas Initiative, at the College of Ethnic Studies, San Francisco State University. Before joining SFSU, she served as the first director of the Center for Arab American Studies at the University of Michigan, Dearborn. She is a co-founder and Editorial Board member of the Islamophobia Studies Journal and co-author of Mobilizing Democracy: Changing US Policy in the Middle East. She co-edited (with Evelyn Alsultany and Nadine Naber) Arab and Arab American Feminisms: Gender, Violence and Belonging, winner of the 2012 Evelyn Shakir National Arab American non-fiction Book Award, and a special issue of MIT Electronic Journal of Middle East Studies special issue on gender, nation and belonging. Her work has appeared in Al-Shabaka; Gender and Society; Radical History Review; Peace Review; Journal of Women's History; Taiba: Women and Cultural Discourses; Cuadernos Metodologicos: Estudio de Casos; This Bridge We Call Home; New World Coming: The 1960s and the Shaping of Global Consciousness; Local Actions: Cultural Activism, Power and Public Life in America; The Guardian, Al-Fajr; Womanews; Palestine Focus; Voice of Palestinian Women; and several Arabic language publications, such as Falasteen Al-Thahwra; Al-Hadaf; and Al-Hurriyah. Her scholarship, pedagogy and public activism focus on Palestine, Arab and Muslim communities and their diasporas, race and resistance studies, transnational feminisms, gender and sexuality studies, and social movements and collective action. Dr. Abdulhadi has taught at eight transnational sites of higher education including Yale University (from which she received her MA, MPhil, and PhD); CUNY-Hunter College; the American University in Cairo (AUC); New York University; and Birzeit University. She is the recipient of several honors and awards, including the New Century Scholarship, Sterling Fellowship, Phi Beta Kappa, and teaching excellence awards from Yale University and AUC. She serves on the International Advisory Board of the World Congress of Middle East Studies (WOCMES) and the Board of Policy Advisors of the Palestinian Think Tank, Al-Shabaka. Professor Abdulhadi is a scholar/activist committed to justice-centered scholarship and pedagogy. She was elected as President of the Arab Student Union and later became active in the General Union of Palestine Students-US Branch. She co-founded the Union of Palestinian Women’s Associations in North America (UPWA), and the Palestine Solidarity Committee (PSC). She was the first Arab or Muslim to be elected to the Board of the New York Civil Liberties Union (NY CLU). She served on the Board of the Brecht Forum; Co-Chaired the Third World Coalition of the American Friends Service Committee (AFSC), and has initiated and coordinated several national campaigns, including the 1985 collaborative tour, Israel and South Africa: The Apartheid Connection?, with the African National Congress (ANC) in twenty-six US cities; the Howard Beach Anti-Racist Campaign; and the 500 Years of Genocide/500 Years of Resistance. She is a co-founder and member of the California Scholars for Academic Freedom and the US Campaign for the Academic and Cultural Boycott of Israel (USACBI). She co-organized and led the first Indigenous and Women of Color Feminist Delegation to Palestine and the US-Canada Joint Struggle Delegation to the World Social Forum-Free Palestine in Brazil (2012), and has participated in academic, intellectual and public sites in the Global South and North, including World Social Forum in India, Brazil, Kenya, Senegal, and Tunisia. Most recently she participated in the first Kurdish women’s conference organized by DÖKH (Democratic Freewomen Movement), after which she visited and witnessed the protests in Gezi Park and Taksim Square in Istanbul.

Evelyn Alsultany is an Associate Professor in the Department of American Culture at the University of Michigan and co-director of Arab American Studies. She is the author of Arabs and Muslims in the Media: Race and Representation after 9/11 (New York University Press, 2012). She is co-editor (with Rabab Abdulhadi and Nadine Naber) of Arab and Arab American Feminisms: Gender, Violence, and Belonging (Syracuse University Press, 2011), winner of the Arab American National Museum’s Evelyn Shakir Book Award. She is also co-editor (with Ella Shohat) of Between the Middle East and the Americas: The Cultural Politics of Diaspora (University of Michigan Press, 2013). She is guest curator of the Arab American National Museum's online exhibit, Reclaiming Identity: Dismantling Arab Stereotypes.   

Nadine Naber is an Associate Professor in the Program in American Culture and the Department of Women’s Studies and an Adjunct Professor in the Department of Anthropology at the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor. She is author of Arab America: Gender, Cultural Politics, and Activism (New York University Press, 2012). She is co-editor, with Amaney Jamal, of Race and Arab Americans (Syracuse University Press, 2008). She is co-editor, with Rabab Abdulhadi and Evelyn Alsultany, of Arab and Arab American Feminisms Perspectives (Syracuse University Press, 2011). Nadine is co-founder of the Arab Women's Solidarity Association, North America (cyber AWSA); Arab Movement of Women arising for Justice (AMWAJ) and Arab Women’s Activist Network (AWAN) and a former board member of Incite! Women of Color against Violence; Racial Justice 9-11; and the Women of Color Resource Center.