Ph.D., Georgetown University
M.A., Georgetown University
B.A., Florida State University
Hadia Mubarak completed her PhD in Islamic Studies from Georgetown University, where she specialized in modern and classical Qurʾanic exegesis, Islamic law, Islamic feminism, and gender reform in the modern Muslim world. Mubarak previously worked as a Senior Researcher at the Alwaleed Center for Muslim-Christian Understanding at Georgetown University and a researcher at the Gallup Organization’s Center for Muslim Studies, where she contributed research on female literacy, workforce participation, family law, and gender reform in the Muslim world for Who Speaks for Islam: What a Billion Muslims Really Think (Gallup Press, 2008). In 2006, Mubarak joined the “Islam in the Age of Globalization” initiative, sponsored by American University, Brookings Institute and the Pew Forum on Religion & Public Life. As a field researcher for the project, Mubarak conducted on-site surveys and interviews with a range of Muslim scholars, government officials, activists, students, and journalists in Qatar, Jordan, Syria, Turkey, Pakistan and India. Mubarak authored an analysis of the questionnaire findings in the Journey into Islam: The Crisis of Globalization (The Brookings Institution Press, 2008).
Mubarak received her Master’s degree in Contemporary Arab Studies with a concentration in Women and Gender from Georgetown University. She received her Bachelor’s degree in International Affairs and English from Florida State University. In 2004, Mubarak was the first female to be elected as president of the Muslim Students Association National (MSA) since its establishment in 1963.
A former On Faith panelist, Mubarak regularly writes and speaks on gender, religion, and politics. Her publications include “Crossroads” in I Speak For Myself: American Women on Being Muslim (White Cloud Press, 2011), “Young and Muslim in Post 9/11 America” (The Brandywine Review of Faith & International Affairs Vol. 3, No. 2); “Breaking the Interpretive Monopoly: A Re-Examination of Verse 4:34” (Hawwa Vol. 2, Issue 3); Intersections: Modernity, Gender and Qurʾanic Exegesis (PhD Diss., Georgetown University, 2014); The Politicization of Gender Reform: Islamists' discourse on repealing Article 340 of the Jordanian Penal Code (MA Thesis, Georgetown University, 2005); and “Blurring the Lines Between Faith and Culture” (America Now: Short Readings from Recent Periodicals. 5th ed.), among many others.