Hajer Al-Faham – 2017 Recipient

Major: Political Science
Degree: Ph.D.
School: University of Pennsylvania
Muslim Women Justice Scholarship


Hajer was recently named a 2018 Fox-Perry Fellow through the University of Pennsylvania’s Robert A. Fox Leadership program. As a fellow, she will have the opportunity to meet various faith leaders in the Philadelphia area, engage in interfaith service-learning, and learn about faith-based initiatives which seek to address urgent societal issues like homelessness, hunger, and environmentalism, among various others.

Bio: Hajer Al-Faham is a PhD student at the University of Pennsylvania’s Department of Political Science. As a student of American and comparative politics, Hajer’s research focuses on race, immigration, and religion with an emphasis on Muslim and Arab communities. This year, Hajer was named a 2017 National Science Foundation (NSF) Graduate Fellow. With support from the Islamic Scholarship Fund and the National Science Foundation, Hajer will conduct fieldwork and gather data for her dissertation on Muslim American politics and identity. After completing her PhD, she is eager to pursue a career in academia, where she will research, mentor students, and teach at the university level. Hajer’s goal is to contribute innovative research that will guide policymakers in tackling political issues with greater concern for social justice, especially for marginalized communities. Originally from Washington State, Hajer graduated summa cum laude from Seattle University with a BA in political science honors and a legal studies specialization. As an undergraduate, she was honored with several awards including the John F. Kennedy Political Science Award, the Le Roux Leadership Award, the Spirit of Community Award, the Fred T. Korematsu Fellowship, and the Archbishop Raymond G. Hunthausen Most Outstanding Undergraduate Award. Outside of academia, Hajer is passionate about community service and outreach. Her experiences as a Muslim and Iraqi refugee motivate her to volunteer and contribute to efforts that promote interfaith understanding and greater awareness of diversity both at school and in the local community.

Areas of Interest:
Political Attitudes, Behaviors, Muslim Identity

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