Xenophobia: Fear of Foreigners

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Dr. Ameena Ghaffar-Kucher
Senior Lecturer, Graduate School of Education
Associate Director, International Education Development Program
University of Pennsylvania



  • Dr. Ghaffar-Kucher can discuss the xenophobia directed at immigrants from South Asia, particularly post-9/11 in the United States, and how schools have a key role to play in educating children about tolerance, equality and what it means to be an American.
  • She is a nationally recognized expert on nationalism and citizenship, immigrants and education, literacy and development and international educational development.
  • Dr. Ghaffar-Kucher was a part of the research team that conducted the Muslim Youth in New York City Public Schools Study, examining Islamophobia and how it impacts students enrolled in public schools.