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Waleed A

- Research Program Mentor

PhD Doctor of Philosophy


Politics; politics of the middle east; politics and religion; religion; politics and Islam; colonialism

Project ideas

Project ideas are meant to help inspire student thinking about their own project. Students are in the driver seat of their research and are free to use any or none of the ideas shared by their mentors.

The Politics of Now

I am always interested in exploring how a particular political event works. This can be some crisis of the moment, or some act of political resistance (a good example is the protests that happened after the killing of George Floyd in the summer of 2020). It may also be a longer term problem such as Islamphobia or the struggles of minorities in various fields. I would be very interested in finding a lens through which to view this issue (music, political theory, creative non-fiction). Once we have found this lens we can use it to break down how people have experienced and understood this political moment. That way we can understand things in a deeper way, and in a way more personal to us.

Solving the World

One thing I have noticed is that it is easier to point to a problem than to solve it. A lot of academic work seems to be geared that way. I have also noticed from working with young people that they often have great ideas for solving those problems. For this reason, I enjoy giving students space to come up with creative ideas, to propose a solution to an issue they find to be important. Here I usually see my role as someone who provides some tools: methodologies for research, or theories, or historical information that can act as inspiration. The problem, the solution, and the presentation of that solution come en

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