PhD Candidate, Politics
University of Virginia
Hana Nasser is a Ph.D. Candidate in the Politics Department at the University of Virginia. Her research interests span Continental political thought, critical theories of race and gender, materialist analyses of bodies and their political constitution, as well as ideas on secularism, and the role of religion within the public sphere. Her senior thesis entitled, The Newcomer and Liberal Pluralism: Re-centering Embodiment in Discussions of Secularism, Gender, and Difference, looked into canonical accounts of belief, embodiment, and political dissent from the Classical period to the Modern. In doing so, she hopes to better understand recent controversies of multiculturalism within the European Union such as: the French ban on the headscarf, the handshake controversy in Switzerland, and a host of other tensions arising from religious and cultural particularities.