Gender and Women's Studies

Azza Basarudin

Azza Basarudin
Office location:
JR 340L


Azza Basarudin received her Ph.D. in Women’s Studies from UCLA and an M.A. in Women’s Studies from Roosevelt University. Her research interests include gender/sexuality in Muslim cultures, counterterrorism and national security, feminist studies in Islam, transnational and postcolonial feminist theories, and feminist ethnography. She has held visiting positions and fellowships at Harvard Divinity School, Syracuse University, Universiti Kebangsaan Malaysia, Universiti Sains Malaysia, and the American University in Cairo. Her research has been supported by the Wenner-Gren Foundation, the Social Science Research Council, and the National Science Foundation, among others. Her writings have appeared in journals, edited anthologies, and popular forums. Her first book, Humanizing the Sacred: Sisters in Islam and the Struggle for Gender Justice in Malaysia was published by the University of Washington Press (2016). Basarudin is a longtime resident of Los Angeles and has collectively produced and hosted radio shows on women and gender issues in communities of Muslims. She is a former columnist for the Malaysian Insider and a former Steering Committee member of Global Bersih, a transnational movement for fair and clean elections in Malaysia, as well as a founding member of a feminist task force in Southern California to tackle Islamophobia.