Rhonda Itaoui

Rhonda Itaoui

Islamophobia Research & Documentation Project

Rhonda Itaoui is in the final year of a PhD program in Social Sciences at Western Sydney University, and a Visiting Scholar at the Center for Race and Gender’s Islamophobia Research and Documentation Project.  Supported by the Australian Government Endeavour Postgraduate Scholarship, her international PhD fieldwork explores the impact of globalized Islamophobia on the spatial mobility of young Muslims in the Bay Area, California and Sydney, Australia. The findings of her Sydney case-study are featured in two recently published peer-reviewed articles: ‘The Geography of Islamophobia in Sydney: Mapping the Spatial Imaginaries of young Muslims’ and ‘Media Representations of Racism and Spatial Mobility: Young Muslim (Un)belonging in a Post-Cronulla Riot Sutherland’.

Rhonda is also a Summer Fellow at the UC Berkeley Haas Institute for a Fair and Inclusive Society, collaborating with researchers from the Global Justice Program. Over the summer of 2017, she will develop an interactive Annotated Bibliography on Islamophobia in North America for students, researchers, policy-makers and community members to access and utilize for their own anti-Islamophobia efforts. Raised a first-generation Lebanese-Australian in the Western Suburbs of Sydney, she is passionate about researching ethnic/racial disparities, cultural/social geographies and segregation through a lens of intersectionality.

Rhonda discusses her research in this CRG podcast.