Sarah Ihmoud

professor of sociology and anthropology sarah Ihmoud

Sociology and Anthropology Department
Peace and Conflict Studies

Assistant Professor

PhD Social/Activist Anthropology, University of Texas at Austin 
BA Sarah Lawrence College 


FieldsGender and Sexuality, Race and Ethnicity, Indigeneity and Settler Colonialism, Violence, Militarization, Occupation, Intimacy, Borderlands, Palestine, Diaspora, Transnational Black, Indigenous and Decolonial Feminisms

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Professor Sarah Ihmoud is a sociocultural anthropologist whose research interests lie at the intersections of transnational feminisms; women of color theory; Indigenous and decolonial feminisms; critical race studies; carcerality; and Middle East and Arab American Studies. Drawing upon these fields, her research theorizes the racialization of Palestinian women in Palestine and the diaspora, transnational Palestinian feminism and Palestinian feminist epistemologies. She received her M.A. (2011) and Ph.D. (2017) in social/activist anthropology at the University of Texas at Austin, and B.A. (2006) from Sarah Lawrence College.

Dr. Ihmoud’s scholarship has been published in American Anthropologist, Feminist Anthropology, Cultural Anthropology, Feminist Studies, State Crime Journal, Jerusalem Quarterly and Biography. She has also co-authored monographs for UN Women’s Initiative on Access to Justice and the Rule of Law and Harvard University’s Carr Center for Human Rights. Her research has been supported by the National Science Foundation, the Palestinian American Research Center (PARC), the Wenner-Gren Foundation for Anthropological Research, and the National Endowment for Humanities.

Her current book in progress, Almaqdasiyya: Palestinian Feminism and the Decolonial Imaginary, is a feminist ethnography centering Palestinian women’s resistance to colonial and patriarchal violence in occupied East Jerusalem. The book asks how a critical feminist lens reshapes our understanding of Israeli settler colonialism, Palestinian liberation and decolonization. She is also co-editing a volume, Fugitive Anthropology, with a collective of Black, Latinx, Indigenous and Queer feminist anthropologists to which she belongs. The volume, supported by the Wenner-Gren Foundation, centers the embodied experiences of racialized women, queer, trans, and gender non-conforming politically engaged researchers in the field, expanding the analytical and methodological tools for conducting decolonial anthropological fieldwork.

Dr. Ihmoud has taught the Anthropological Perspective, Theory in Anthropology, Coming of Age at the Border, and Arab Women’s Worlds. She is on research leave for the 2022-2023 academic year.

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Ihmoud, Sarah and Shanya Cordis. (2022). “A Poetics of Living Rebellion: Sociocultural Anthropology in 2021.” American Anthropologist Vol 124(4): 813-829.

Ihmoud, Sarah. (2022). “Palestinian feminism: Analytics, Praxes and Decolonial Futures.” Feminist Anthropology Vol 3(2): 284-298.

Ihmoud, Sarah. “‘Decolonizing “Peace’: Notes Towards a Palestinian Feminist Critique.” Peace Policy, Solutions to Violent Conflict, No. 51, (May 2022), Kroc Institute for International Peace Studies.

Ihmoud, Sarah. (May 16, 2021). “Sheikh Jarrah: The Question Before Us”. Jadaliyya.

Ihmoud, Sarah.  (2021) “Born Palestinian, Born Black: Anti-Blackness and the Womb of Zionist Settler Colonialism.” Antiblackness. Ed. Joao Costa Vargas and Moon-Kie Jung.  Duke University Press.

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

Ihmoud, Sarah.  (2018) “Policing the Intimate:   Israel’s Anti-Miscegenation Movement”, Jerusalem Quarterly Vol 75(91-103).    

Berry, Maya, 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, Nadera 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.