Nawal Musleh-Motut

Post Doctoral Fellow

Areas of interest

Her primary research, writing, and teaching interests include: decolonial theory and praxis; critical intersectional social justice; critical race/anti-racism theory and praxis; critical, imaginative, and performative ethnography; visual culture; narrative and storytelling; solidarity and the creation of decolonial futurities between Indigenous, Palestinian, and Black communities globally.


Dr. Nawal Musleh-Motut (she, her) is the Postdoctoral Fellow in Social Justice and Decolonization at TILT and an uninvited settler of Palestinian descent.

Her postdoctoral research project, Creating Decolonial and Just Futurities in Postsecondary Education, highlights the dangers and counters the consequences of institutional performances of equity, diversity, and inclusion that support the neocolonial and neoliberal status quo by creating decolonial and just educational futurities via teaching and learning.

Nawal’s current projects include the Decolonial Teaching and Learning Seminar Series and the Decolonizing and Indigenizing STEM (Sciences, Technology, Engineering, Mathematics) at SFU project.

Nawal has extensive experience both as a researcher and post-secondary educator. She previously worked as Research Officer, Generalist with BC’s Office of the Human Rights Commissioner, General Education Project Manager at SFU, Limited Term Lecturer in the School of Communication at SFU, Sessional Instructor in Mass Communication at both Columbia College and the University of the Fraser Valley, and Research Specialist with Indian Residential School Resolution Canada. She will return as a Limited Term Lecturer in the School of Communication at SFU in Fall 2022 and her book, Connecting the Holocaust and the Nakba Through Photograph-base Storytelling: Willing the Impossible, will be published by Palgrave Macmillan in 2023.


Future courses may be subject to change.