AJ Kurdi

AJ is a PhD student in the Department of Ethnic Studies at UC Berkeley. His doctoral research aims to detangle conceptual and empirical puzzles pertaining to transnational social movements, equality policies and intersectionality. He plans to investigate the self-organization of queer Arab and Romani people in various social contexts spanning Europe and North America, and how these different forms of ethnic minority queer organizing shape the priorities and political orientations of mainstream LGBTQI movements and public policies. His previous work (published in the Journal of Israeli History, the Critical Romani Studies, and International Journal of Discrimination and the Law) focuses broadly on queer social movement debates and transnational networks in West Asia and the various forms of discrimination queer Romani people face in Central and Eastern Europe.