Varsha Basheer obtained her Doctorate in English Literature at the University of Kerala, India. She has been teaching English as Second Language for undergraduates and is a human rights activist working closely with organisations promoting interfaith dialogue and inclusive action. She has been engaged in academic endevours trying to focus on how misconstrued media/literary representations propagates Islamophobia and jeopardizes religious harmony in India. Her research interests include critical Media studies, Comparative Religious Studies, Religious Pluralism and Secular Modernity. She intends to pursue Post- Doctoral research in Women Studies in Religion, focused on Muslim women in India.
The Center for Race and Gender (CRG) is an interdisciplinary research center at the University of California Berkeley that fosters explorations of race and gender and their intersections. Specifically, they facilitate on-going research projects through hosting working groups and cutting edge projects, such as the Islamophobia Research & Documentation Project.