Khanum Shaikh is an Associate Professor of Gender and Women’s Studies at California State University, Northridge (CSUN). She currently serves as Director of the Middle East and Islamic Studies program at CSUN. She also co-directs the Civil Discourse and Social Change initiative, a cross-campus and interdisciplinary initiative that foregrounds thinking and action grounded in principles of social justice. She earned her Ph D. in Gender Studies from the University of California, Los Angeles in 2009. Prior to joining CSUN she was a University of California Presidential Postdoctoral Fellow at the University of California, Santa Barbara, and then a Research Fellow at the Arab and Muslim Ethnicities and Diasporas program at San Francisco State University. Her research interests include transnational feminist theories; Islam, gender and religious agency; gender and/in social movements; and race/racialization of North American Muslims. She has published in numerous journals including: Meridians: Feminism, Race, Transnationalism; Journal of Middle East Women’s Studies; Frontiers: A Journal of Women Studies; Feminist Formations; and Feminist Studies (forthcoming). She has lived most of her life between Los Angeles and Lahore.