- Ph.D., Harvard University
- B.A., Georgetown University
Sadaf Jaffer is a scholar with research interests in Islamic, South Asian and gender studies. Her current book project, titled “Secularism, Sexuality and Islam: Ismat Chughtai’s Indian Muslim Progressivism,” elucidates alternative Muslim subjectivities through the lens of a prominent Urdu writer and cultural critic. Jaffer is currently a postdoctoral research associate in South Asian studies at Princeton University where she teaches courses on Islam, South Asia and South Asian American studies. Prior to this appointment, she served as a postdoctoral fellow in global studies at Stanford University. Jaffer has published a paper in the Journal of Women’s History titled “Women’s Autobiography in Islamic Societies: Towards a Feminist Intellectual History” in addition to posts on the Foreign Policy Research Institute, Huffington Post and the Altmuslimah blogs. She earned her bachelor’s degree in foreign service from Georgetown University and obtained her Ph.D. in near eastern languages and civilizations from Harvard University with a secondary field in women, gender and sexuality studies.