Hajer Al-Faham is a Ph.D. Candidate and National Science Foundation (NSF) Graduate Fellow at the University of Pennsylvania, where she studies American and Comparative politics. Hajer’s research agenda focuses on exploring the relationships between group identity and political behavior, with an emphasis on race and ethnic politics (REP), migration, and religion. Recently, the American Political Science Association’s Urban and Local Politics Section named Hajer the winner of the Byran Jackson Dissertation Research Award, which recognizes outstanding scholarship by a graduate student in the areas of race, ethnicity, and urban politics. In addition, Hajer was selected for the Emerging Scholars of Color Program, a joint collaboration of the Center for Latino Studies and the Center for Critical Race Studies. Currently, Hajer is researching and writing her dissertation on the citizenship and political integration of Muslims in the United States. After completing her doctoral studies, Hajer is eager to conduct civically-engaged research while teaching and mentoring the next generation of students.