Sara Rahnama is an Assistant Professor of History at Morgan State University in Baltimore, Maryland. Her current book manuscript explores how interwar Algerian commentators made sense of their anxieties about women by simultaneously looking outward to the Middle East and inward to their own society and their knowledge about Islam. Writing about women—both real and in the abstract—offered them a forum to work through competing visions of the future together. They used South-South connections between Algeria and other Middle Eastern spaces to make sense of their questions about Algerian women and the changes wrought by urbanization.
In 2018, she received her doctorate in History from Johns Hopkins University, where she worked with Todd Shepard. She previously received an MA in Social Sciences from the University of Chicago, where she worked with Leora Auslander on a thesis on Black feminism in interwar Paris.
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