Ariel Sincoff-Yedid

Ariel Sincoff-Yedid

Graduate Student, 2012 Cohort

About Ariel Sincoff-Yedid

Ariel is a Ph.D. candidate in Gender Studies with a minor in Sociology, and will defend her dissertation in October 2018. Her research focuses on gender, sexuality, and religion, with an emphasis on identity formation across the public and private spheres. Her dissertation, “Embodied Constitution: Muslim Religious Identity Dynamics and the New American Racialization,” examines how religious identity is constructed by and for Muslims in the US contemporarily in the context of discourses around gender, sexuality, and race. The project engages with historical and recent laws, policies, and interpersonal interactions, and interweaves gender and sexuality theories, transcategorical identity discourses, theories of racialization, legal theories and cases, material theory, and affect theory to understand contemporary Muslim identities and experiences.

Ariel previously conducted research on modes of socialization about gender and sexuality among Sunni Muslim men in Beirut, Lebanon. She has also worked at NGOs focusing on domestic and international informal educational programs from curricular development through programmatic monitoring and evaluation.

Education History

M.A., Gender Studies, Indiana University, 2015

Graduate Certificate, Middle East Studies, George Washington University, 2013

B.A., Political Science, Union College, 2009

Areas of Interest

gender, sexuality, and religion; Gender and Islam; Islam in the United States; racialization and identity; difference, essentialism, and constructionism; normativity and belonging; gender and sexuality socialization

Courses Taught

G101 – Gender, Culture, and Society

G104 – Gender, Islam, and Difference

G205 – I Fought the Law: Gender and Power

G205 – Clean or Dirty: The Politics of Gender, Sexuality, and Purity

Collins Living-Learning Center – Clean or Dirty: The Politics of Gender, Sexuality, and Purity


Schnabel, Landon, Matthew Facciani, Ariel Sincoff-Yedid, and Lori Fazzino. “Gender and Atheism: Paradoxes, Contradictions, and an Agenda for Future Research.” Annual Review of the Sociology of Religion, edited by Roberto Cipriani and Franco Garelli. Leiden, NL: Brill, 2016, pp. 75-97.

Sincoff-Yedid, Ariel. “Let’s Talk About Sex, Habibi: How Modes of Socialization Shape Arab Muslims’ Gender Identities and Gender Roles,” The Institute for Middle East Studies, The George Washington University, May 2011

Selected Awards

IU College of Arts and Sciences Dissertation Completion Fellowship, 2017-2018.

Barbara C. Gray Teaching Award and Scholarship, Dept. of Gender Studies, Indiana University, 2016.

Selected Participant, National Endowment for the Humanities Summer Institute, Topic: “American Muslims: History, Culture, and Politics”, 2015.