Jane Abell


B.A. with High Honors in Sociology & Anthropology and Islamic Studies, Swarthmore College

Research Interests

Jane Lief Abell is a third year doctoral student in cultural anthropology at the University of Pennsylvania. Her research explores Islam in the United States, with a particular focus on how race and religion inform relations among Muslim groups. Dissertation fieldwork will be conducted in Philadelphia. Currently a Graduate Fellow for the Visual Anthropology section of American Anthropologist and an affiliated doctoral student with Penn's Institute for Urban Studies, Jane is also interested in visual representation, mass media, and urban spaces.

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Dissertation Title

"Those Philly Muslims:" Race, Islam & the Search for Muslim Philadelphia

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