Rutgers GSE CMSI

Sara Almalla

Sara Almalla is a Syrian Muslim American. She was raised in Saudi Arabia and returned to the U.S. to pursue higher education. Sara is a senior at California State University, Northridge and is pursuing a B.A. in Sociology. She is currently conducting independent research that explores the intersecting identities of Muslim women in post-secondary institutions and how these women are identifying and developing methods of resisting oppression, creating “third spaces,” and empowering themselves. Her research interests include using interdisciplinary methods to explore gender and sexuality in Muslim communities and the diaspora of Muslim women both nationally and internationally. She is particularly concerned with understanding the ways in which diasporic Muslim women mobilize and create community across social, institutional, and geographical spaces.