Afzal Family Foundation
Sara Swetzoff is a PhD candidate in the African Studies department at Howard University. She previously obtained an M.A. in Islamic Studies at the University of London, and currently works as a policy fellow at the Islamic Society of North America. Sara’s research focuses on grassroots solidarity in the Red Sea region, with emphasis on how Ethiopian migrants, Syrian refugees, and civil society activists from across the Arab world and Horn of Africa are increasingly building a shared vision for social justice that embraces religious and ethnic pluralism. Specific case studies include: the agency of Ethiopian families repatriating from Yemen during the current war, the role Ethiopian women in the Migrant Domestic Workers Union in Beirut, and the recent success of the Ethiopian Muslim civil liberties movement (Dimtsachin Yisema). Sara aspires to teach international affairs at the college level; she hopes to give students a dynamic and nuanced understanding of global political economy that can inform a diversity of career trajectories.
Areas of interest
- International Studies
International Political Economy, Labor Studies, Gendered Labor, Islam & Social Justice