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Dr. Rabab Abdulhadi

Prominent Academic and Activist

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Date of Birth:



Nablus, Palestine

Place of Birth:

Why Featured?

Influential work in Arab and Muslim Ethnicities and Diasporas Studies.

Brief bio

Dr. Rabab Abdulhadi is a distinguished scholar and activist known for her critical contributions to the fields of Arab and Muslim ethnicities and diasporas studies. She is a professor at San Francisco State University, where she has developed and led groundbreaking academic programs focusing on Arab and Muslim communities. Her work encompasses critical race studies, gender and sexuality studies, and the examination of Islamophobia, contributing significantly to interdisciplinary scholarship and advocacy.

Major Milestones


  • Academic Leadership at SFSU: Abdulhadi's role in founding and directing the Arab and Muslim Ethnicities and Diasporas (AMED) Studies program at San Francisco State University marks a significant contribution to academic studies and community engagement...See More

  • Scholarly Publications: Publication of pivotal works that delve into the complexities of Arab and Muslim identities, diaspora, and resistance against racism and Islamophobia.

  • Educational Initiatives: Development of innovative educational and cultural programs that promote understanding and solidarity among diverse communities, focusing on Arab and Muslim issues.

  • International Lectures and Workshops: Abdulhadi's global engagement through lectures, workshops, and conferences, contributing to the international discourse on issues affecting Arab and Muslim communities.

  • Awards and Recognitions: Recognition of her scholarly and community work through awards and honors from academic institutions and civil rights organizations...See More

  • Advancing Arab and Muslim Studies: Abdulhadi's pioneering work in establishing AMED Studies as an academic discipline has provided an essential platform for research and scholarship on Arab and Muslim communities...See More

  • Interdisciplinary Scholarship: Her integration of critical race studies and anti-Islamophobia work has enriched interdisciplinary scholarship and opened new avenues for academic inquiry...See More

  • Community Engagement and Activism: Abdulhadi has actively engaged with community organizations and movements, bridging academic scholarship with social justice activism.

  • Mentorship and Education: Through her academic and activist work, Abdulhadi has mentored students and scholars, fostering the next generation of academics and community leaders.

  • International Collaboration: Her efforts in facilitating international collaborations have contributed to a global understanding of the issues facing Arab and Muslim diasporas, promoting solidarity and advocacy across borders.

Date of Last Update: 
April 6, 2024

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