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Dr Randa Abdel-Fattah is a Postdoctoral Research Fellow in the Department of Sociology at Macquarie University where she is undertaking an ARC (Discovery Early Career Researcher Award) project researching the generational impact of today’s social and political climate on Muslim and non-Muslim youth born into a post 9/11 world. 

She is a prominent Australian Palestinian advocate and a multi award-winning author of 11 books whose young adult and children’s books are published in over seventeen countries. This literary corpus primarily deals with intercultural relations, migration, race/religious issues in Australia, identity, belonging and political consciousness among young Australians, both Muslim and non-Muslim. She is well known for her commentary as a public intellectual, her media appearances and her essay and op-ed writing across a wide range of genres.

Her most recent academic book is Islamophobia and Everyday Multiculturalismpublished by Routledge (2017).

Research interests

  • Islamophobia
  • Critical race theory  
  • Race and ethnic relations (particularly the spatial, embodied and material aspects of racism and Islamophobia)
  • ‘Everyday multiculturalism’
  • Youth identities and cultures in the context of the war on terror and the geopolitics of fear.
  • Sociology of everyday life



  • SOC175: Australian Society
  • SOC175: Australia and Global Societies: An Introduction to Sociology

Guest Lectures:

  • INTS202 (Citizenship: Past, Present, Global)
  • SOCI318 Living Diversity: Race, Nation, Multiculturalism
  • SSCI201 Qualitative Inquiry in the Social Sciences

Education/Academic qualification

Sociology, Doctor of Philosophy, Macquarie University

Bachelor of Arts, The University of Melbourne

Bachelor of Law (Hons), The University of Melbourne

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Research Outputs

  • 6 Article
  • 2 Book
  • 1 Book/Film/Article/Exhibition review
  • 1 Other journal contribution
  • Islamophobia and everyday multiculturalism in Australia

    Abdel-Fattah, R., 2018, London ; New York: Routledge, Taylor and Francis Group. 195 p. (Studies in Migration and Diaspora)

    Research output: Book/ReportBook

  • 2 Citations (Scopus)

    Off script and indefensible: the failure of the 'moderate Muslim'

    Abdel-Fattah, R. & Krayem, M., 2018, In : Continuum. 32, 4, p. 429-443 15 p.

    Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

  • 1 Citation (Scopus)

    Pumpkin seeds, angry minorities and race: the moral contortions of multiculturalism

    Abdel-Fattah, R., Jul 2018, In : Griffith review. 61, p. 84-91 8 p.

    Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

    Open Access

    Shifting the conversation from 'intersections' to 'relations'

    Abdel Fattah, R., Jul 2018, In : Journal of Sociology. 54, 2, p. 264-266 3 p.

    Research output: Contribution to journalBook/Film/Article/Exhibition review