Tala Khanmalek wearing a purple blazerWe’re excited to welcome the newest member of the Ideas on Fire team! Tala Khanmalek, PhD, will be writing articles for our blog helping artists, activists, and academics build powerful interdisciplinary projects. Her first article explains how to write an academic book review (and how book reviews can help diversify academic publishing).

You may already be familiar with Tala from episode 29 of the Imagine Otherwise podcast, where she talks about what a queer femme of color approach to disability justice and healing justice looks like in practice.

Tala’s bio

Tala Khanmalek is a postdoctoral research associate in the American Studies and Gender and Sexuality Studies Programs at Princeton University. Her research agenda engages the fields of women of color feminisms, feminist science studies, critical race studies, law, literature, and embodiment.

Tala’s research informs and is informed by organizations that address disparities in health and healthcare access. As a Princeton Center for Digital Humanities Fellow, she has been conducting a project combining oral history methods with digital humanities to archive contemporary community-based wellness initiatives led by practitioners of color in New York City, Los Angeles, and the San Francisco Bay Area’s LGBTQIA community. She directed one such initiative, Womyn’s Circle, which she founded in 2009.

Tala earned her PhD in ethnic studies (with a designated emphasis in women, gender and sexuality studies) at the University of California, Berkeley, where she served as the executive editor of nineteen sixty nine: an ethnic studies journal. She was a visiting scholar at the University of California, Santa Cruz’s Science and Justice Research Center and has taught a wide range of courses at UC Berkeley, CSU Los Angeles, and Princeton.

Last but not least, Tala is a creative writer, a sailor, and the founder of Sailing for Social Justice, a project that places sailing—and the sea at large—in conversation with social and healing justice issues.