Zahra Ali

Women's and Gender Studies, Department of Sociology and AnthropologyRutgers, The State University of New Jersey / Newark


Dr. Zahra Ali is a sociologist, her research explores dynamics of women and gender, social and political movements in relation to Islam(s), the Middle East and contexts of war and conflict with a focus on contemporary Iraq. She is also interested in (post)coloniality, decolonial feminisms and epistemologies. She has conducted in depth ethnographic research among women, civil society and youth organizations in Iraq. Ali’s book Women and Gender in Iraq: between Nation-building and Fragmentation (Cambridge University Press, 2018) is a sociological study of Iraqi women’s social, political activism and feminisms through an in-depth ethnography of post-2003 Iraqi women’s rights organizations and detailed research on Iraqi women’s social, economic and political experiences since the formation of the Iraqi state.

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Conflict Research Fellowship

Women's and Gender StudiesRutgers, The State University of New Jersey / Newark

Building Peace and Recovering from Violence: Iraqi Civil Society Activisms