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Tuesday, July 25, 2017

Staff

Umer Mahmood

Umer Mahmood
Marketing Director
Umer Mahmood obtained his B.A. in Mass Communication from The Brian Lamb School of Communication at Purdue University in Indiana. He currently is the head of marketing at IRDP and oversees project management on the IRDP medical initiative, islamophobia video series, website blog contributions, marketing, and journal publishing.

Hani Kharufeh

Hani Kharufeh
Media Director
Hani Kharufeh is a student at the University of California, Berkeley. He is currently a senior majoring in Economics and Near Eastern Studies with an emphasis on Arabic. Hani has over five years of experience in web and graphic design. Aside from community development, Hani is very passionate about the Palestinian cause and unity in the Muslim world.

Graduate Students

Paula Thompson

Paula Thompson
Research Associate & Co-ordinator
Paula Thompson obtained her B.A in Interdisciplinary Studies from the University of California, Berkeley and her M.A in Islamic Studies from the Graduate Theological Union, Berkeley. Her research interests include Islam, Countering Violent Extremism (CVE), liberation theology/theory, critical race theory, de-colonial studies, civil rights and advocacy.  She has served as the co-ordinator of the Islamophobia Research and Documentation Project for five years.