Ahmed, Sara (1969-)

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    • Sara Ahmed (30 August 1969) is a British-Australian scholar whose area of study includes the intersection of feminist theory, queer theory, critical race theory and postcolonialism.

      Ahmed was born in Salford, England. She has a Pakistani father and English mother and emigrated to Adelaide, Australia, with her family in the early 1970s. Key themes in her work such as migration, orientation, difference, strangerness, and mixed identities relate directly to some of these early experiences. She completed her first degree at Adelaide University and doctoral research at the Centre for Critical and Cultural Theory, Cardiff University. Ahmed was based in the Institute for Women’s Studies at Lancaster University from 1994-2004 and is one of the former directors of the Institute. Sara Ahmed was appointed to Department of Media and Communications at Goldsmiths College, University of London in 2004. She was the inaugural director of the Centre for Feminist Research, which was set up 'to consolidate Goldsmiths' feminist histories and to help shape feminist futures at Goldsmiths.' Ahmed resigned from her post at Goldsmiths in 2016 and has indicated that she will continue her work as an independent scholar from January 2017. Ahmed has been the Laurie New Jersey Chair in Women’s Studies at Rutgers University in Spring 2009 and was the Diane Middlebrook and Carl Djerassi Professor in Gender Studies at Cambridge University in Lent 2013. In 2015 she was the keynote speaker of the National Women's Studies Association annual conference. She blogs at Feminist Killjoys.