Major: International Development
School: Clark University
Sponsor: International Institute of Islamic Thought (IIIT)
Bio: Hasnaa Mokhtar is currently pursuing a Ph.D. in International Development at Clark University, after graduating in 2015 with a M.A. in International Development and Social Change, from the department of International Development, Community, and Environment. Born in Tucson, AZ and raised in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia, she dedicated her research, journalism, and activism to amplify the voices of Muslim women and tackle the injustices of religio-cultural gender-based violence. Hasnaa worked as a journalist in Arab News, and her articles appeared in several publications including Fortune, Teen Vogue, Bustle.com, and MuslimGirl.com. She is a certified counselor to survivors, answering calls on the 24/7 hotline, and providing legal and medical advocacy. As a Public Relations Manager, Hasnaa spearheaded the campaign “A Woman’s Journey: Destination Mount Everest” in 2012 where she trekked to Everest basecamp with a group of 10 women to raise awareness about breast cancer. In March 2017, Hasnaa worked with the team of MuslimGirl.com to organize the first official Muslim Women’s Day. Nylon.com recognized her writings and activism by naming her a Muslim journalist to follow. You can read her work at www.clippings.me/hmokhtar.
Areas of Interest:
Gender-Based Violence (GBV), Applied Anthropology of GBV, Anti-GBV Movements, Critical Muslim Studies, Islamic Decoloniality, Islamic Feminisms, Islamic Masculinities, Transnational Feminisms, Critical Development studies, Arab Gulf studies, Decolonizing Methodologies.