Scholar of gender and social justice in South Asia and Islam
Shamira E. Abdulla is pursuing her PhD in Anthropology at American University, concentrating in race, gender and social justice, and focusing on gender, community activism, globalization, South Asia and Islam. Shamira works with various Muslim and Asian women's groups to advocate the collaboration of resources at local and national levels. In December 2004, Shamira helped to organize a national summit of Muslim women leaders co-sponsored by Karamah and the Asian and Pacific Islander Institute on Domestic Violence. From 2000 to 2003, Shamira served as the Community Outreach Director of the Asian/Pacific Islander Domestic Violence Resource Project (DVRP) in DC. She has also served on the board of ASHA (a DC based organization that addresses violence against South Asian women), and has held a position as a commissioner on the Mayor's Commission on Violence Against Women. In 2001, Shamira assisted DVRP in conducting the research, interviews and writing for Project AWARE, an extensive needs assessment on domestic violence experienced by Asian women in Washington, DC. In 1999, she earned her MA international development from American University and focused on gender and South Asia. Shamira received her BA in 1996 from West Virginia University in Biology, with a minor in international studies. In 1996, she assisted in research for a medical study to determine the incidence of domestic violence among pregnant women at a rural health clinic in West Virginia. Shamira was born in Saint John, New Brunswick, Canada, and raised in the United States.