Class of 2023

Hometown: Thousand Oaks, CA

Major: International Comparative Studies, focusing on the Middle East

Mellon Project: Queer Muslim Environmentalisms: A Cross-Analytical and Intersectional Approach in Art and Scholarship

The main questions of the project are as follows: (1) how do Muslim and queer environmentalisms connect (and potentially intersect)? (2) how is this reflected in the artistic expressions, community organizing, and everyday lives of queer Muslims within the United States? (3) how can the intersection of queer and Muslim perspectives shift Anglo-Western dominated environmental discourse?

Research Interests: Queer Studies, Islamic Studies, Environmental Studies, Orientalism, Homocolonialism, Social Work, Theology, Constructions of Nature

What is the best thing about your Mellon Mays experience?
The community and relationships I have built.