Sarah Ihmoud

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Sociology and Anthropology Department
Peace and Conflict Studies

Assistant Professor
Ph.D., The University of Texas at Austin

Fields: Gender and Sexuality, Race and Ethnicity, Indigeneity and Settler Colonialism, Violence, Militarization, Occupation, Intimacy, Borderlands and Border Spaces, Israel/Palestine, Arab Diasporas in Latin America, Transnational Black and Indigenous Feminisms

Contact Information

Office Phone: 508-793-2409
Office: Beaven 227
Office Hours:  TBD
Box: 50A

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Professor Sarah Ihmoud is a sociocultural anthropologist who works at the intersection of anthropology and feminist studies.  Her current ethnographic research in Jerusalem focuses on militarization, state violence and Palestinian feminist politics. She also writes about the politics of sexual violence and feminist approaches to activist research in anthropology.  In addition to her research, Dr. Ihmoud is invested in building collaborative Black, Indigenous and women of color feminist praxes in and outside of the academy geared towards expanding visions of liberation and decolonial futures.  She believes that the classroom, and anthropology as a discipline, can be a space for liberatory transformation, providing young scholars with the tools to understand the persistence of social inequities and empowering them to imagine and create alternatives in the Holy Cross community and beyond.

Dr. Ihmoud holds a B.A. from Sarah Lawrence College, an M.A. and Ph.D. in social/activist anthropology from The University of Texas at Austin.  This year, she will be teaching the Anthropological Perspective, Theory in Anthropology and an elective course placing youth experiences in the U.S./Mexico, Israel/Palestine, Kashmir, and other borderland spaces in conversation in a course called “Coming of Age at the Border”.

Recent Publications

Ihmoud, Sarah.  “Murabata:  The Politics of Staying in Place.”  Feminist Studies.  Volume 45, Numbers 2/3 (2019), pages 512-540.   

Berry, M., Claudia Chavez, Shanya Cordis, Sarah Ihmoud and Elizabeth Velasquez (2017).  “Toward a Fugitive Anthropology: Gender, Race, and Violence in the Field.”  Cultural Anthropology (32)4. 

Shalhoub-Kevorkian, N. and Sarah Ihmoud. “In the Absence of Justice:  Embodiment and the Politics of Militarized Dismemberment in East Jerusalem” (December 2016) for UN Women’s Initiative on Access to Justice and Rule of Law.   Online at