About Rabab Ibrahim Abdulhadi


(415) 405-2668


Associate Professor


Ethnic Studies ProgramCollege of Ethnic Studies


Ethnic Studies and Psychology Building (EP)




At SF State Since:



Rabab Abdulhadi, founding Director/Senior scholar of Arab and Muslim Ethnicities and Diasporas Studies Program at SFSU, is co-founding Editorial Board member of Islamophobia Studies Journal, lead editor of book volumes and author of over 80 articles and book chapters in seven languages. She received her PhD from Yale University (2000) and scholarly awards and community honors, including Sterling Fellowship, New Century Scholarship, best non-fiction book award, and American Association of University Professors, National Women’s Studies Association. She is compiling critical oral histories of Palestinian activism and editing an anthology on Teaching Palestine; and roundtables on Black Liberation; Abolition and Reparations; and Whose Narrative? Gender, Justice and Palestine.


She is the recipient of several awards by AAUP; ADC; IFCO; Al-Awda; American Muslims for Palestine; Arab Feminist Union; and was named Bay Area Visionary by the National Women’s Studies Association. A Policy Advisor for Al-Shabaka; she serves on the Board of Afro-Middle East Center (Johannesburg, South Africa); International Advisory Board of World Congress of Middle East Studies and co-chairs (with Simona Sharoni) Feminists for Justice in/for Palestine, NWSA. A public intellectual, she serves on the Executive Committee of California Scholars for Academic Freedom; the Advisory Board of the US Campaign for Academic and Cultural Boycott of Israel; and the recently formed CSU Coalition to Disarm and Defund. She is faculty advisor to Afghan Student Association; General Union of Palestinian Students; Muslim Student Association and Muslim Women Student Association. She co-organized and led several delegations to Palestine, including the Indigenous and Women of Color Feminist Delegation, US Prisoner, Academic, Labor Solidarity and Teaching Palestine, including Birzeit, AN-Najah, Seville, and South Africa.