Alainna Liloia

Ph.D. Student

Alainna Liloia is a Ph.D. student in Middle Eastern and North African studies, and her research is focused on gender, politics, and nation building in the Arab Gulf states/GCC. She is particularly interested in how Gulf states utilize gendered representations and initiatives to fulfill specific political and social agendas. In addition, her research explores the ways in which Gulf women strategically negotiate the challenges of modern development and social change in the context of political, religious and social expectations. Her other research interests include U.S. foreign policy in the Middle East, modern Gulf history, Islamic feminism and women's reform movements, postcolonial feminist theory, and modernity studies.