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Muna-Udbi Ali, Ph.D.

Muna-Udbi Ali, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor, CHABSS Sociology

Office: SBSB 4239

Muna-Udbi Ali, Ph.D.

Muna-Udbi Ali joined the Department of Sociology & Criminology and Justice Studiesas an Assistant Professor in 2019. Before joining CSUSM, Ali worked as a Visiting Faculty in Sociology at Christopher Newport University. Trained as an interdisciplinary scholar, her primary research interests include diverse fields such as Black studies, critical race studies, postcolonial studies, Black feminist studies, criminology, transnational feminism, queer studies, public pedagogy, and public policy. Ali’s research explores issues of gender, race, class, criminality, surveillance, and citizenship, as it manifests for refugee communities. Her work has appeared as book chapters from Peter Lang and Life Rattle Press. She’s also published articles in Darkmatter and Reconsidering Development. Outside of academia, Ali is a community worker, curriculum and policy consultant, researcher, and anti-oppression educator. She has worked in education and curriculum development in Canada, United States, Kenya, and Somalia.


Ph.D. – Curriculum & Pedagogy – University of Toronto (2019)
Collaborative specialization in Comparative, International and Development Education

M.A. – Sociology – York University (2011)

B.A. – Women’s Studies and Canadian Studies – Trent University (2009)


  • Public Policy (specifically social determinants of health, reproductive justice, immigration and welfare policies)
  • Diaspora and transnational migration studies (specifically Black diaspora studies, immigration and refugee studies, and critical Muslim studies)
  • Black feminist theory
  • Critical race theory
  • Postcolonial theory
  • Feminist theories and methods
  • Transnational feminism
  • Public sociology
  • Surveillance studies
  • Archival methodologies
  • Queer and sexuality studies
  • Theories of multiculturalism and citizenship
  • Transnational social movements
  • Critical and public pedagogies


  • SOC 308 – Morality and the Law
  • SOC 320 – Sociological Theory
  • SOC 315 – Gender in Society
  • SOC 448 – Racial Profiling
  • SOC 410 – Immigration and Justice
  • SOC 530 – Social Theory and Public Policy


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