Nadine Naber

Nadine Naber is professor of gender and women’s studies and global Asian studies, and interim director of the Institute for Research on Race and Public Policy at the University of Illinois at Chicago. She is the author and/or co-editor of five books, including Arab America: Gender, Cultural Politics, and Activism (NYU Press, 2012) and Color of Violence (Duke University Press, 2016). She is a TEDx speaker, board member of the Arab American Action Network, co-founder of Mamas Activating Movements for Abolition and Solidarity, founder of Liberate Your Research, founder of the Arab American Cultural Center, and co-founder of the Arab and Muslim American Studies Program (University of Michigan). Nadine is a Public Voices fellow and columnist for the Chicago Reporter.

Disarming the Gatekeepers

Do you ever find yourself obsessing over what gatekeepers are going to think about your work? Have you ever feared that you may not survive an academic evaluation? Of course, hierarchical academic structures–reviews, tenure evaluations, etc.–create the conditions that foster these anxieties. Disciplinary conventions rooted in white supremacy and racist/classist/heterosexist gatekeeping intensify these anxieties for …

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MAMAS speak out on Roe v. Wade: ‘We need to couple the fight for Roe v. Wade with multiple fights at the same time’

Originally published by Darcel Rockett in Chicago Tribune here on May 26, 2022 It’s been three weeks since the U.S. Supreme Court’s leaked draft decision to overturn Roe v. Wade was made public.  Striking down the 1973 decision would end federal protection for abortion rights, opening the door for states to ban or restrict access to the …

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How to Write-Out Your Theoretical/Analytical Approach

Do you ever feel like you “can’t write theory”? If so, you’re not alone. Most of my workshop participants say that “writing theory” makes them feel: tortured | overwhelmed | stuck | in chaos | like an imposter But it’s not you! It’s what Barbara Christian affirmed decades ago—that dominant disciplinary structures distinguish between analytics that deserve to be counted …

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Alaa Abd El-Fattah Is a Political Prisoner in Egypt. US Aid Is Funding His Jailers.

Originally published in TruthOut here, this article was written by Nadine Naber and Atef Said. Incarcerated for most of the last 10 years, renowned Egyptian activist, voice of the Arab Spring revolutions and political prisoner Alaa Abd El-Fattah began a hunger strike on April 2. He is 40 years old. With the most recent charge …

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Let’s Work for Global, Anti-Imperialist Reproductive Justice This Mother’s Day

Originally published in TruthOut here Across the United States this Mother’s Day, the right to have control over one’s body is under attack. More than 530 abortion restrictions have been introduced in 42 states. The Supreme Court is on the precipice of delivering a lethal blow to Roe v. Wade. Conservative forces are denying people …

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