Emaan Ali holds a Bachelor of Arts from King’s University College at Western University. She completed an Honours Double Major in Political Science and Social Justice & Peace Studies in 2018. Upon her enrollment at King’s, Emaan was awarded the Principal’s Regis Scholarship as the first-year student with the highest admissions average. Additionally, during her academic career at King’s, she was recognized for having the highest second-year average in an honours program and the highest third-year average in the Social Justice & Peace Studies program.
During the final year of her undergraduate studies at King’s, Emaan wrote and presented an independent study on feminist responses to gender-based violence against Muslim women in Canada. Emaan also had the privilege of participating in two international experiential learning trips. In 2016, after interviews with senior officials at the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development in Paris, France, the European Union in Brussels, Belgium and the agencies of the United Nations in Geneva, Switzerland, she developed and published a field note essay in the King’s Undergraduate Research Journal. In 2017, after a month-long residency at the Rondine Citadel of Peace in Arezzo, Italy, she developed and presented her qualitative research at a symposium titled “Promoting Peace, Challenging Conflict and Imagining a New Global Future.”
Emaan’s research interests lie in the field of international development policy. More specifically, she is curious about the impact of multilateral development policies on the lives of girls and women in the Global South. She is particularly eager to explore the relations between the feminist objectives of the CFIAP and those of widely accepted multilateral development frameworks such as the United Nation’s Sustainable Development Goals and the African Union’s Agenda 2063. She intends for her research to address the dearth of academic commentary on the gendering of development policies and to provide insights into the extent to which these policies will be implemented.
Outside of academia, Emaan is passionate about community work. For over five years, she has been working at the Muslim Resource Centre for Social Support and Integration where she uses community-based strategies to address the issue of gender-based violence in the Muslim community in London, Ontario. Additionally, after receiving a grant from the Youth Opportunities Fund at the Ontario Trillium Foundation, she co-founded and co-coordinates the Muslimah’s Collective of London, a grassroots organization dedicated to fostering safer spaces for young Muslim women to address the issues of racism, misogyny and Islamophobia in London.