Bahia M. Munem
Director of Undergraduate Studies, Lecturer in the Discipline
Bahia M. Munem’s teaching and research interests examine race and ethnicity as they intersect with gender, sexuality, class, nation, religion, and diasporas. Her scholarship bridges the fields of Latinx, Latin American, and Middle East Studies by examining forced transnational migration and gendered and racialized modes of belonging in the Americas. Munem’s current book manuscript, (Un)Settling Muslim Refugees: Gender, Class, and the Racialization of War Migrants in Brazil, is an ethnography of Muslim, Palestinian, Iraq War refugees resettled in Latin America’s largest democracy. Dr. Munem holds a PhD in Women’s and Gender Studies from Rutgers University. Her work has appeared in Genero: Journal of Feminist Theory and Cultural Studies, Território & Fronteiras, Liquid Borders (Routledge), and in Critical Diálogos in Latina & Latino Studies (NYU Press). She has held fellowships at Rutgers University and Washington University in St. Louis.

Bahia M. Munem
Director of Undergraduate Studies, Lecturer in the Discipline
Bahia M. Munem’s teaching and research interests examine race and ethnicity as they intersect with gender, sexuality, class, nation, religion, and diasporas. Her scholarship bridges the fields of Latinx, Latin American, and Middle East Studies by examining forced transnational migration and gendered and racialized modes of belonging in the Americas. Munem’s current book manuscript, (Un)Settling Muslim Refugees: Gender, Class, and the Racialization of War Migrants in Brazil, is an ethnography of Muslim, Palestinian, Iraq War refugees resettled in Latin America’s largest democracy. Dr. Munem holds a PhD in Women’s and Gender Studies from Rutgers University. Her work has appeared in Genero: Journal of Feminist Theory and Cultural Studies, Território & Fronteiras, Liquid Borders (Routledge), and in Critical Diálogos in Latina & Latino Studies (NYU Press). She has held fellowships at Rutgers University and Washington University in St. Louis.

CSER continues to be Columbia's main interdisciplinary space for the study of ethnicity and race and their implications for thinking about culture, power, hierarchy, social identities, and political communities. The Center also offers a wide range of public programming, including Artist at the Center, Indigenous Forum, and Latino Public Speaker Series and the Transnational Asian/American Speaker Series. CSER's most recent spaces include the Media and Idea Lab and Gallery at the Center, a space dedicated to curating artistic and thematic exhibits around the Center’s key areas of interest.
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