WGSS welcomes new assistant professor alma khasawnih
alma khasawnih researches access to the street in post-colonial and settler-colonial nation-states as a site of understanding and articulating access to citizenship. alma’s research projects examine ephemeral visual culture production (graffiti, murals, and other forms of street/public art) as stand-alone material objects that orient, disorient, and reorient feminist debates on social political cultural movements within urban geographies and the phenomenology of erasure, cooptation, and resistance. alma is invested in examining how urban beautification projects and cleansing public spaces are part of authoritarian visual culture and politics of respectability that aim at policing minoritized bodies in public spaces.
alma earned a Ph.D. in Feminist Studies from the University of Washington, Seattle; an M.A. in Community Art Education from Rhode Island School of Design, Providence; and a BS in Environmental Policy and Behavior from the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor.
alma identifies as Far West Asian and lives with Rocca the Cat and 30+ plants.