Our Team

Director

Tamir Moustafa (Interim 2022-2023)

Tamir Moustafa is Professor of International Studies and Stephen Jarislowsky Chair at Simon Fraser University. His research interests include law, religion, and politics in contemporary Egypt and Malaysia. His first book, The Struggle for Constitutional Power, is built on four years of research and study in Cairo and was the first english-language monograph examining the role of the Supreme Constitutional Court in Egyptian politics.  His second book, Constituting Religion, probes the links between legal pluralism, social movements, secularism, and political Islamism in Malaysia.

Moustafa’s research has been funded through the National Science Foundation, the Social Science Research Council, and the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council (SSHRC).  He has held visiting fellowships at UC Berkeley, Princeton University, and Harvard Law School and was named a Carnegie Scholar in 2007 for his work on Islamic law and liberal rights.

Steering Committee

Evdoxios Doxiadis

Lecturer, History

Dr. Thomas Kuehn

Associate Professor, History

Dr. Azadeh Yamini-Hamedani  

Associate Professor & Chair, World Languages and Literatures

Dr. Adel Iskandar  

Associate Professor, School of Communication

Aga Khan University Intern

Violet Namata

Violet Namata is a one-time winner of the Media Challenge Award for sports reporting. She has five years of work experience in Journalism and Communication. Violet has worked as a news reporter at one of Uganda’s biggest local Television stations NBS and its online paper, Nile Post.  

She is currently working at the United Nations Development Programme as a Communications Officer. Violet has demonstrated skills in digital content creation, through graphics, videos, text, audio and photographs. She has experience in events management, managing communications procurement processes, drafting and managing advocacy campaigns.  

She graduated with a bachelor’s degree in Journalism and Communication from Makerere University. She is currently pursuing a Master of Arts in Digital Journalism at the Aga Khan University Nairobi, Kenya.  

Violet Namata is passionate about telling compelling stories and getting involved in activities that transform society. She is very compassionate and loves to meet and connect with new people.   

Staff

Caylin Barrett

Coordinator, Communication & Events

Sabah Ghouse

Research Assistant

Sabah Ghouse is a MA student at SFU studying Equity Studies in Education. Her research focuses on the manifestation of Islamophobia within educational systems and the impact it has on Muslims in Canada. Her work also aims to find tangible solutions to combatting Islamophobia in schools and the community at large. Outside of school and work, Sabah enjoys going to the beach, watching documentaries, and finding new cafes.