I have long had a passion for working for and with women. I was raised by strong women and that has given me a strong sense of self and an unshakable belief that women can do absolutely anything we want with enough time and teamwork. Going to an all-girls high school introduced me to the world of academic feminism and further convinced me that women are doing all kinds of things in all kinds of places- even if men aren’t paying attention to it.
I attended my undergrad here at Ohio University a long, long ago (circa 2005-2009) with a major in Political Science and World Religion. I wrote my undergraduate thesis on Feminism and Fiqh (Islamic Jurisprudence)- about how some Muslim women are using fiqh to expand women’s public roles and formal rights in Muslim-majority communities and countries. During undergrad, I also became really invested in the Athens community as a volunteer in a variety of organizations ranging from Residence Life to Habitat for Humanity. As a graduate student, I finally had the chance to become involved with our fabulous OU Women’s Center. Here, I am the Graduate Assistant working mostly on developing the Women’s Center Mentorship Program which juniors and seniors should apply to via www.ohio.edu/womenscenter by October 3, 2011!!
Generally, I spend my time researching for my Political Science Master’s thesis which focuses on democratization and the role religion has in it. But I also enjoy Queer stuff, crafts, trashy novels, politics, and horror movies.