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PhD Candidate, Western Sydney University

Rhonda Itaoui is a Ph.D. Candidate in Social Sciences at Western Sydney University in Australia. Her international PhD fieldwork explores the impact of globalized Islamophobia on the spatial mobility of young Muslims in the California Bay Area, and Sydney, Australia. Her research interests include the geographies of racism, social and cultural geography, and multicultural studies.


  • 2014–present
    Research assistant, Western Sydney University
  • 2014–present
    PhD Candidate, Western Sydney University
  • 2017–present
    Research fellow, UC Berkeley


  • 2014 
    University of Western Sydney, Bachelor of Social Sciences (Honours, Class 1)


  • 2017
    Media representations of racism and spatial mobility: Young Muslim (un)belonging in a post-Cronulla Riot Sutherland, Journal of Intercultural Studies
  • 2016
    The Geography of Islamophobia in Sydney: Mapping the Spatial Imaginaries of young Muslims, Australian Geographer

Grants and Contracts

  • 2016
    Endeavour Scholarship
    Funding Source:
    Australian Government


Endeavour Postgraduate Scholarship, Australian Postgraduate Award, Western Sydney University Medal for Outstanding Scholarship