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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 twenty 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 books are Coming of Age in the War on Terror (forthcoming, 2021 NewSouth Publishing) and Islamophobia and Everyday Multiculturalism (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

Award Date: 1 Jan 2016

Bachelor of Arts, The University of Melbourne

Award Date: 1 Jan 2002

Bachelor of Law (Hons), The University of Melbourne

Award Date: 1 Jan 2002


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