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Nadine Naber, PhD


Gender and Women's Studies and Global Asian Studies


Building & Room:

1216 UH


601 S Morgan St.

Office Phone:

(312) 355-0375



Dr. Nadine Naber is a Professor in the Gender and Women's Studies Program, the Global Asian Studies Program, and the Department of Anthropology at the University of Illinois Chicago.

At UIC, she is the Co-PI of the Middle East and Muslim Societies Cluster and Co-Organizer of the Global Middle East Studies Working Group. She is author/co-editor of five books, including Arab America: Gender, Cultural Politics, and Activism (NYU Press, 2012); Race and Arab Americans (Syracuse University Press, 2008); Arab and Arab American Feminisms, winner of the Arab American Book Award 2012 (Syracuse University Press, 2010); The Color of Violence (South End Press, 2006), and Towards the Sun (Tadween Press/George Mason University, 2020). She is lead author of the policy reports, “Beyond Profiling and Erasure: Cultivating Strong and Vibrant Arab American Communities in Chicagoland.” (IRRPP/UIC, 2022) and “The Paradox of Social Development in the Arab Region” (United Nations, 2015).

She is the recipient of major awards such as the 2022 Lifetime Achievement Prize from the American Studies Association; the 2002 YWCA’s Y-Women’s Leadership Award; and the 2021 Andrew W. Mellon Humanities without Walls Award.

Dr. Naber is the co-founder of Arab and Muslim American Studies at the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor.  She was the faculty founder/former director of the Arab American Cultural Center at UIC.

She is currently writing a book entitled, “Pedagogies of the Radical Mother” (under contract with Haymarket University Press) and a book entitled, “Social Movement Led Research Methodologies” (under contract with Essays in the Critical Humanities (EtCH Collective Press). She is an editorial board member of the Journal of Palestine Studies and she serves on the boards of organizations such as the Arab American Action Network, Al-Shabakah, the National Council for Arab Americans, and the Feminist Peace Initiative; and has been a columnist for news outlets such as the Chicago Reporter and regularly publishes OpEds.

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PhD Cultural Anthropology / Women's Studies, University of California, Davis

MA Philosophy, San Francisco State University

BA Philosophy and Religious Studies, University of San Diego