Sidra Ali, HDS

 

Sidra Ali, HDS

Sidra Ali, HDS

Sidra Ali is a Master’s of Divinity student at Harvard Divinity School concentrating on the interplay of politics and religion within the social justice realm. Prior to HDS, Sidra worked for a law firm where she handled refugee, asylum, and immigration cases. Sidra’s work in the non-profit sector includes her work as a teacher in Detroit Public Schools and as the co-founder of Detroit is My Home, a non-profit organization that seeks to serve the impoverished community with material resources such as food, clothing and hygiene supplies. Sidra also serves as a Boston Bridges Fellow, President of Harvard Divinity Muslims, and chairs the Noon Service Steering Committee, MDiv Curriculum Committee, and HDS Student Association among other organizations. While her graduate work is still evolving, Sidra’s current research looks at narrative and social polity through art, culture, and media, and applies them to Muslim communities in the West. Sidra is currently working on a children’s book about a  non-binary normative trans Muslim hedgehog, a publication regarding sex cyborgs and Islamic law, and developing a theory of dissent that underscores non-violent civil resistance. Sidra rides a Ninja 250 named Yoshi, is known to bake cookies, and is nursing a newfound obsession with the Olympic biathlon.