I received my PhD in Sociology from Yale University in 2018. I am currently a Postdoctoral Fellow with the Religion & Its Publics project at UVA and the Institute for the Advanced Study of Culture, as well as a non-residential fellow with the Muslim Diaspora Initiative at the New America Foundation, a non-residential fellow with the Humility and Conviction in Public Life project at the University of Connecticut and the Principal Investigator of the MAP-NYC project with the Institute for Social Policy & Understanding, measuring the impact of Muslims on New York City.
My research centers on migrant/post-migrant responses to exclusion in urban contexts, whether in contention with a stigmatized religious identity, as among Muslim collectivities in European capital cities; cooperation between Jews and Muslims confronting rising anti-Semitism and anti-Muslim sentiment in Jerusalem and Berlin; or strategically assuming the ethnic identity of another group, like Albanians in New York City's Little Italy. I emphasize agency in the study of group identity and place-making in the diaspora context, focusing on intersectional marginality among religious, ethnic and racial minorities. My dissertation-based book project, Unsettled Islam (under contract with University of Chicago Press), uses years of ethnographic, interview, and archival research to compare two migrant/post-migrant mosque communities in Europe, showing different approaches to incorporation: one emphasizing harmony with European civic ideals and the other seeking to distinguish itself from the mainstream. At the heart of this project are questions about European boundaries, cityscapes, civility and remembrance.
My memoir, On the Edge of the Worlds, represented by Jessica Craig Literary, chronicles intercultural marriage, exile and belonging in NYC, Berlin, London and Jerusalem in an increasingly divided world. I also write for mainstream outlets on issues related to religious diversity, including publications with The Washington Post, Religion and Politics, Tablet Magazine, The Forward, Kveller, First Things, Global Dialogue, and A Beautiful Perspective.