Dr Sarah Marusek


I am a native New Yorker who comes to Leeds via Johannesburg. Originally, I was based in the humanities working on art, music and literature; however, while working in these fields I encountered a spiritual crisis and found solace in Islam and decolonial resistance frameworks.

I am inspired by theologies of liberation, focusing primarily on Critical Muslim Studies. I have conducted ethnographies of Islamic activism in Iran, Lebanon and Senegal, and co-authored several research reports on Islamophobia and the funding of Israel's occupation of Palestine with Spinwatch.

My monograph entitled Faith and Resistance: The Politics of Love and War in Lebanon was published under the Decolonial Studies, Postcolonial Horizons series by Pluto Press.

I received my PhD in social science from Syracuse University, MA in international affairs from The New School and BA in literature and art history from Goldsmiths.

<h4>Research projects</h4> <p>Any research projects I'm currently working on will be listed below. Our list of all <a href="https://essl.leeds.ac.uk/dir/research-projects">research projects</a> allows you to view and search the full list of projects in the faculty.</p>