Visiting Scholars / Visiting Student Researchers

Visiting Scholars / Visiting Student Researchers

Bios reflect scholars’ status at the time of their appointment at the Center for Race and Gender.

2022 - 2023

Marijke Bassani

Marijke Bassani



Marijke Bassani is a Lamalama, Binthi Warra and Bulgun Warra Aboriginal woman who hails from the sovereign lands of the Guugu Yimithirr people located in the Cape York Peninsula, in rural northern Australia. She is also a Human Rights Lawyer, Lecturer, Advocate, American Australian Association Scholar, Roberta Sykes Scholar and Cape York Leaders Program Ambassador and past Scholar. Marijke currently sits on the National LGBTI Human Rights Subcommittee at Australian Lawyers for Human Rights and is a Visiting Scholar/Student Researcher at the Center for Race & Gender where she is completing an international cross-border PhD in Law.

Marijke is multlilingual and specialises in International Law with a focus on human rights relating to Indigeneity, race, gender and sexuality. Her PhD study is a combination of these passions with a twofold objective. Through an International Human Rights Law lens, Marijke is exploring the invisibility/hypervisibility of Indigenous LGBTQI+ Sistergirl and Brotherboy Australians within the legal system (Domestic and International). Her study draws upon the literature and lived experiences of Native Americans/American Indians who express diverse gender and sexual identities to better interpret, and critically analyse, the contextual themes of her study as they relate to Indigeneity, race, gender, sexuality and the law. Marijke is also using an Indigenous Queer Theory framework to analyse the intersections—and unique position—that Indigenous gender and sexuality diverse peoples currently occupy within their communities in both Australia and the United States, which involves examining the multidimensional forms of discrimination they face. As part of the study, Marijke is also making space for decolonising diverse gender and sexual identities in ways that are meaningful to Indigenous LGBTQI+ 2Spirit, Sistergirl and Brotherboy peoples. This includes allowing space for the emergence of terminology and conceptualisations that more closely align with the cultural, social, historical, linguistic traditions and wisdoms of their respective communities and tribes. 

Prior to her PhD and advocacy work in the International Human Rights Law space, Marijke practiced as a Solicitor in Discrimination Law, Criminal Law, Housing and Tenancy Law, Native Title Law and Commercial Litigation which involved Dispute Resolution and Personal and Property Liability. Marijke’s tertiary academic background commenced with graduating with a double Bachelor of Laws and a Bachelor of Politics and Government from Griffith University. She then went on to complete a Master of Laws specialising in International Law at the University of New South Wales (Sydney) where she was honoured with an Excellence Award from the Vice Chancellor for her outstanding academic performance. Marijke has taught clinical legal education at the University of New South Wales (Sydney) which involved supervising Undergraduate and Juris Doctorate Law students during their clinical legal placements, and providing practical guidance on culturally safe engagement with Indigenous Australian clients. Marijke also provides guest lectures for undergraduate and postgraduate law courses on human rights relating to Indigenous women and Indigenous LGBTQI+ 2Spirit, Sistergirl and Brotherboy peoples. 

Outside of her life in the law Marijke is a moonrise and moonset chaser, mum to needy dramatic plants, meditator, Tupac and Kendrick fan, wholesome cook, avid journaler, amateur photographer, lover of all ice cream/gelato/froyo, wanna-be wine connoisseur, sunset watcher, Lo-fi music listener, yogi, healing podcasts enthusiast, star gazer, coffee snob, ocean mermaid and eternal admirer of all sacred lands, ancestral wisdoms and cultural traditions belonging to fellow Indigenous cousins from across the world.

Here are some of Marijke’s recent publications and opinion pieces, including podcast interviews about her research and journey navigating life as a multilingual Aboriginal woman with a diverse sexuality:

2021 - 2022

Saniya wearing black scarf

Saniya Amraoui



Saniya Amraoui is a Fulbright-Schuman Visiting Scholar at the CRG and Berkeley Law and a PhD researcher in Law at the European University Institute (EUI) in Florence, Italy.

Saniya uses critical approaches to the law (CRT and TWAIL among others) to question the role of the law and its impact on migrants’ lives in Europe with a focus on the European Union and its legal framework. Her PhD investigates the concept of conditionality in EU migration law by looking at the conditions migrants have to bear and/or fulfill from crossing EU borders to obtaining a residence permit. To explore further this legal process and with the use of time and space dimensions, Saniya looks for the rationales (racial discrimination, migrants’ economic value, othering) behind the rules and their justifications. Her research also explores migrants’ forms of resistance to constraining laws and policies with fieldwork conducted in Palermo, Italy.

Before joining the EUI, Saniya obtained a B.A. in political science and Middle-Eastern and North African studies from Sciences Po Paris. She pursed legal studies and graduated from Sciences Po Law School and Université Paris 2 Panthéon-Assas in European law and litigation. Throughout her education and due to her personal background, Saniya developed a keen interest for migration studies from a legal perspective. Other areas of interest are gender studies, social movements, cultural heritage and Islamic studies

2019 - 2020

Mohamed Nawab Osman holding book

Mohamed Nawab Osman



In fall 2019, Mohamed Nawab Osman, was a Fulbright Visiting Scholar at CRG working with Islamophobia Research and Documentation Project (IRDP). is an assistant professor and coordinator Malaysia Program at the S. Rajaratnam School of International Studies (RSIS) – Nanyang Technological University, Singapore. His research interests include the domestic and international politics of Southeast and South Asian countries, transnational Islamic political movements and counter-radicalization. Nawab has written various papers, books and journal articles relating to his research interests. Some of these articles have been featured in prominent journals such as Southeast Asia Research, South Asia, Terrorism and Political Violence, Indonesia and the Malay World and Contemporary Southeast Asia. Several of his opinion pieces have been featured in leading dailies such as The Straits Times, India Express, The Nation (Thailand), Jakarta Post, Manila Times and Today’s Zaman (Turkey). Nawab is a frequent commentator on political Islam, terrorism and Southeast Asian politics on CNN, BBC, Al-Jazeera and Channel News Asia. Nawab is a social activist and serves as the President of Critical Xchange, an organization that seeks provide a mutually beneficial platform for Muslim citizens and incoming expats to exchange news, views and skills with the local Singaporean community. He also sits in the board of Association of Muslim Professionals. In 2014, he was nominated to attend the inaugural Young Southeast Asian Leader’s Initiative, a program initiated by President Barack Obama. He also attended the inaugural YSEALI workshop in Singapore as a mentor. He is the editor of Pathways to Contemporary Islam: New Trends in Critical Engagement (Amsterdam: Amsterdam University Press, 2020).

2018 - 2019

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Jacqueline Cáraves

Sora with yellow background

Sora Han



Jacqueline Cáraves is a genderqueer Latinx activist scholar who was born and raised in Los Angeles, CA. She earned her B.A. in Latin American & Latino Studies and Politics from the University of California, Santa Cruz, in 2010. She is currently a Ph.D. Candidate in the César E. Chávez Department of Chicana and Chicano Studies with a concentration in Gender Studies.

Her research takes an intersectional lens to understand the way in which gender works as a structure of power to discipline and police Queer and Trans people of color. Her dissertation work uses a community based mixed methods approach which includes surveys, interviews and participant observation, and focuses on the experiences of Trans and gender non-conforming Latinxs in Southern California and the role of family and spirituality in serving as spaces of empowerment and resistance.

Her research has been funded by the American Association of University Women, Institute of American Cultures at UCLA, Jean Stone Dissertation Research Fellowship, and The Latino Center for Leadership Development and Southern Methodist University’s John Goodwin Tower Center for Political Studies.



Sora Han is Associate Professor of Criminology, Law and Society, the School of Law, and African American Studies at UC Irvine. She also is core faculty of the Culture and Theory Ph.D. program. She is currently working on two books: Slavery as Contract, which brings together poetics, contract law and afro-pessimist theory to think beyond the property metaphor of slavery; and Mu, the First Letter of an Anti-Colonial Alphabet, an experimental text on the “anagrammatic scramble” (Mackey) of abolitionism. Her most recent publications on this new line of research are “Slavery as Contract,” published by Law and Literature (2016), and “Poetics of Mu,” forthcoming from Textual Practice

2017 - 2018

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Alisa Bierra

Maria with hair to the side

Maria Faini

Rhonda against grey background

Rhonda Itaoui



Alisa Bierria is a University of California President’s Postdoctoral Fellow in the Department of Gender & Women’s Studies at the University of California, Berkeley. Alisa is also the founder and coordinator of the Feminist Anti-Carceral Policy & Research Initiative, an initiative hosted by the Center for Race & Gender at UC Berkeley. She received her PhD in Philosophy from Stanford University. She is also a member of a number of community based projects, including Survived and Punished, a national project that develops policy, legal advocacy strategies, and community education and organizing materials that challenge the criminalization of survivors of domestic and sexual violence.

With a specific focus on black women’s agentic practices, Alisa’s dissertation, Missing in Action: Agency, Race, & Recognition, contends that philosophical accounts of intentional action must incorporate an analysis of sociality, relations of power, and recognition. She is a recipient of the Stanford University Diane J. Middlebrook Prize for Graduate Teaching, and has years of experience writing, teaching, and organizing on issues of gender violence and redress.  Other research interests include feminist/queer carceral studies, black feminist and feminist of color theory, social ontology, and popular culture.

Alisa is co-editor of  Community Accountability: Emerging Movements to Transform Violencea special issue of Social Justice: A Journal of Crime, Conflict, and World Order.  Her writing can also be found in Hypatia: A Journal of Feminist PhilosophyJournal of Popular Music Studies; Left Turn Magazine; Shout Out: Women of Color Respond To Violence; What Lies Beneath: Katrina, Race, and the State of the NationThe Revolution Will Not Be Funded: Beyond The Non-Profit Industrial Complex; Color of Violence: The INCITE! AnthologyReal Change NewspaperThe Feminist Wire; and Scholar & Feminist Online



In 2017, Maria Faini completed her Ph.D. in Comparative Ethnic Studies with a Designated Emphasis in Critical Theory from UC Berkeley. Her work focuses on U.S. imperial culture; P.T.S.D., moral injury, and suicide; and veteran ​art practice. Her research interests are (broadly): art practice and performance, decolonial ethics, queer of color critique and affect theory, critical race theory, disability studies, and ​violence. Publications include pieces in Locating Life Stories: Beyond East-West Binaries in (Auto)Biographical Studies; Ada: A Journal of Gender, Technology, and New Media; and a/b: Auto/Biography Studies. She has written for Nation of Change and The Feminist Wire, was co-executive editor of nineteen sixty nine: an ethnic studies journal, and co-founder of IABA’s Life Writing SNS Network. S​he has been a 2016 Arts Research Center fellow at UC Berkeley and a 2016-17 Yerba Buena Center for the Arts (YBCA) fellow. She is currently a Postdoctoral Scholar for the Center for Race and Gender at UC Berkeley, a participant in UCHRI’s Exploratory Workshop on Experimentation,​ and working on a book project titled: The Art of Moral Injury: Decolonizing the Military Subject through Artisanal Destruction



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.

2016 - 2017

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Evelyn Nakano Glenn

Farid talking with arms outstreached

Farid Hafez



Evelyn Nakano Glenn
 is Professor Emerita of Gender & Women’s Studies and Ethnic Studies, and the Founding Director of the Center for Race & Gender, leading the CRG from its inception in 2001 to 2017. Her teaching and research interests focus on transdisciplinary methods, political economy of households, the intersection of race and gender, immigration, and citizenship. Her articles have appeared in journals such as Social Problems, Signs, Feminist Studies, Social Science History, Stanford Law Review, Contemporary Sociology, and Review of Radical Political Economy, as well as in numerous edited volumes. She is the author of Issei, Nisei, War Bride: Three Generations of Japanese American Women in Domestic Service (Temple University Press), Mothering: Ideology, Experience and Agency(Routledge),  Unequal Freedom,How Race and Gender Shaped American Citizen and Labor (Harvard University Press) Professor Glenn has recently published her newest book Forced to Care: Coercion and Caregiving in America (Harvard University Press) and the edited volume Shades of Difference: Why Skin Color Matters (Stanford University Press).



Farid Hafez, Ph.D. is a researcher at the University of Salzburg, Department of Political Science and was a visiting scholar at the CRG Islamophobia Research & Documentation Project. Hafez has been teaching at numerous universities in Austria and beyond (Indonesia, Turkey, Germany, USA). He has been Visiting Scholar at Columbia University in 2014 and is currently Botstiber Fulbright Visiting Professor for Austrian-American Studies. He is the editor of the Islamophobia Studies Yearbook and since 2015 co-editor of the European Islamophobia Report. He is affiliated to the Islamophobia Research and Documentation Project at the Center for Race and Gender, working on Islamophobia in a Global Perspective. Hafez received the Bruno-Kreisky-Award for the political book of the year for his anthology Islamophobie in Österreich (Studienverlag 2009) co-edited with John Bunzl. He has more than 50 publications. His last publications include an anthology on young Muslims in Austria: “Jung, Muslimisch, Österreichisch. 20 Jahre Muslimische Jugend Österreich” (New Academic Press, 2016). Email:  In 2017, Hafez and his colleagues have released the annual European Islamophobia Report, documenting the state of Islamophobia in Europe as of 2016.  Listen to Hafez discuss the findings from the report in a CRG podcast.

2015 - 2016

Fatima speaking at a podium

Fatima Khemilat



Fatima Khemilat is a PhD Student in Political Sciences at the IEP (Institute of Political Studies) in Aix-en-Provence (south of France). Thanks to her training in law and social sciences of religion, she approaches her work from a multidisciplinary viewpoint, drawing from intersectional analyses of gender, racialization and gentrification. Through law, sociology, political sciences and rhetoric, she endeavors to critique the controversies linked to the visibility of Islam in the European public space. She is a Visiting Scholar with the CRG and Islamophobia Research and Documentation Project and is compiling a bibliography of the different works dealing with islamophobia in France.

She discusses her research in this CRG podcast.

2012 - 2013



Thea Quiray Tagle is a PhD candidate in Ethnic Studies at UC San Diego.  Her dissertation, “Grounded Struggles: Filipino Americans in San Francisco and the Hunger for Justice,” is a sitespecific study of San Francisco-based Filipino American artists and activists involved in antigentrification, housing and labor, and urban farming issues. Her research illuminates the work done by queer and feminist Filipina American poets, performers, activists, and other cultural producers, focusing on how these productions expand understandings of Filipino American subjectivity and embodied experience as simultaneously raced, classed, sexualized, and gendered; and challenge the realm of what is considered “appropriate” politics for the larger San Francisco Bay Area Filipino American to engage.

2011 - 2012



Emily Thuma is a PhD candidate in American Studies at New York University. Her teaching and research interests include twentieth century U.S. social and cultural history; gender, race and sexuality studies; intellectual history and grassroots activisms; politics of sexual violence; historiography; and progressive pedagogy. Her dissertation examines community-based activist efforts to curb sexual and domestic violence at their intersections with the racial politics of criminalization and imprisonment in the United States since 1968.



Noémi Michel is a PhD candidate in Political Science at the University of Geneva.  Her disseration is entitled, When Words and Images Matter: Racialized Symbolic Politics in Postcolonial Europe A Critical Analysis of two Controversies in France and Switzerland.  In the frame of the Western European liberal State’s management of diversity, an increasing number of public controversies address the issue of symbolic politics. Groups and individuals marked by ethnic, racial or cultural differences question the State’s management of public words and images by claiming that these can inflict “injury” upon them. How can and should the State manage these “injuring” words and images circulating in the public sphere? On which normative grounds should they be censored or authorized? Why can words and images generate symbolic injury? Inscribing itself in the field of critical and poststructuralist political theory dealing with multiculturalism, but also drawing upon speech act theories and postcolonial approaches, this dissertation aims to address these questions by investigating two empirical cases of symbolic controversies in Switzerland and France.

2010 - 2011



Bethan Harries was a visiting scholar at CRG in 2010-11. She is currently a post-doc researcher at the Centre on Dynamics of Ethnicity ( at the University of Manchester in 2012. Her research focuses on the lived experience of racism and ethnicity. Her PhD examined how discourses which construct cities as tolerant and multicultural spaces are reproduced and simultaneously contradicted by everyday experiences. She is also interested in the relationship between the construction and implementation of ethnic categories and how these are experienced and understood to be used. Her research engages with representations of geographical patterns of inequalities and the social, cultural and historical conditions in which these are produced.

More Past Scholars



Joanne Barker was the CRG’s Ford Foundation Post-doctoral Fellow. She completed her PhD in the History of Consciousness Department at UC Santa Cruz. She is an assistant professor of American Indian Studies at San Francisco State University and an enrolled member of the Delaware Tribe of Indians. Her primary areas of research include indigenous jurisprudence, women ’s/gender studies, and cultural studies.



Rebecca Hall was the CRG’s Mellon Foundation Post-doctoral Fellow. Her research focuses on slavery, historical constructions of racialized gender and contemporary legacies of the same. She earned a J.D. from Boalt Hall and completed her PhD in History. Her dissertation, Not Killing Me Softly: African American Women, Slave Revolts, and Historical Constructions of Racialized Gender develops “a trans-Atlantic social history of African American women in slave revolts and examines the discourse surrounding these women.”



During 2002, the Center supported a Ford Foundation-funded project entitled “Multicultural Education and Critical Pedagogy.” UCB Professor Elaine Kim and four Comparative Ethnic Studies graduate students studied and compiled a report of recent research and writing on multicultural, immigrant, and language diversity education, as well as, race and education, gender and education, and critical pedagogy (April 2001-August 2002).