Najwa Mayer is a PhD Candidate in American Studies at Yale University, where she also earned a Master’s concentration in Public Humanities. She received her BA in Literature at the University of California, San Diego. She is currently completing her dissertation, Muslim Americana in Formation and Circulation, which reads contemporary North American Muslim performance and graphic arts, with a concentration on women artists. Her research considers cultural production in relation to political discourse to trace competing notions of both gender and race liberalisms in popular representations of Islam. Her work has received support from the Henry Luce Foundation and has been awarded by the California American Studies Association. At Yale, Najwa co-chaired the Ethnicity, Race, and Migration as well as the Public Humanities Working Groups and worked in the Education and Modern and Contemporary Art departments of the Yale University Art Gallery. She is a research fellow at the Yale Women Faculty Forum.