Basima Sisemore is a researcher with the Haas Institute for a Fair and Inclusive Society working in the Global Justice program. Her research addresses Islamophobia and exclusionary practices that marginalize Muslims and other communities of color. As a 2016 Summer Fellow at the Haas Institute she supported the development of the “Thinking Ahead” author speaker series as part of the Leap Forward project.

Basima completed her M.A. in Research Architecture from Goldsmiths, University of London, where her research focused on the intersections of space, resistance and reproductive rights of Palestinian political prisoners. She was a Fulbright Research Fellow in Amman, Jordan, and received her B.A. in Peace and Conflict Studies and Middle Eastern Studies from the University of California, Berkeley. Basima has worked extensively with community-based organizations in the Bay Area, managing programs that strive to increase social, educational, and civic engagement opportunities for immigrant women and youth.