Ph.D. Student Profiles

Naser, Nehal

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  • Research Interests: Islam & Feminism, US & Middle East history, The Islamophobia Industry & Empire, Orientalism & Imperialism, Critical Muslim Studies & Decolonization.
  • Education: 2019, B.A. International Studies & Women’s and Gender Studies, City College of New York; 2017, A.A. Liberal Arts, Kingsborough Community College





Nehal Naser is a 2019 graduate of the City University of New York. Alongside her undergraduate studies she has worked extensively with Amnesty International on campaigns around immigration detention, political prisoners, and refugee rights. After graduating she spent a year working with World Education Services, an international nonprofit organization concerned with the educational mobility of international students. She has also studied briefly in Salzburg, Austria and Capetown, South Africa.

Her current research interests focus on the intersections of patriarchy and Islamophobia and how they affect the lives of Muslim women in the contemporary United States. Nehal is also an active writer who has published work on online platforms including the Amnesty International Medium Blog, Yahoo!, and Brit&Co. She is a first generation non-traditional student and single parent who currently resides in Central NJ with her two young children.

Preferred Pronoun: She/Her/Hers


  • Women Hold Up the Sky Award, 2019
  • Global Citizenship Seminar Fellow, 2017