Sara Rahnama is a doctoral student working with Todd Shepard and studying modern French empire in North Africa. Her dissertation explores the debates about women’s rights in both French- and Arabic-language publications in interwar Algeria and Tunisia as important sites of larger, transnational intellectual currents. She previously received an MA in Social Sciences from the University of Chicago, where she worked with Leora Auslander on her thesis, “Against the Exotic: Representation, Migration, and Education in the Writings of the Black Feminists in Interwar Paris.” A Washington DC area native, she received her BA from the University of Maryland in History and French, with a minor focus in Middle Eastern Studies.

Main Advisor: Professor Shepard