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Randa Tawil is an Assistant Professor of Women and Gender Studies at Texas Christian University. She received her doctorate in the Department of American Studies at Yale University, and she specializes in migration and mobility, ethnic studies, and Arab/Middle Eastern American studies. She is interested in how race and gender are made meaningful for migrants during transit, and how sites outside of the United States contribute to racial and gender formations within the country.
Her dissertation, Routes of Race: Migrations between Ottoman Syria, Mandate Lebanon, and the United States 1881-1945, examines migration from Ottoman Syria (present-day Lebanon, Palestine/Israel, Jordan, and Syria) through the lens of international migration. Connecting archives in Lebanon, France, Mexico, and the United States, she recreates their routes of travel as they confronted European and US sites of imperial power.
She is an experienced teacher who has taught both introductory and upper-level courses in Gender Studies, Ethnic Studies, and critical refugee studies. She has articles published in academic journals, The Washington Post, and Open Democracy.