Date of Award

Spring 5-2017

Degree Type

Capstone

Degree Name

Master of Arts in American Studies (MAST)

Department

Interdisciplinary Studies

First Advisor

Dr. Stacy Keltner

Second Advisor

Dr. Daniel Paracka, Jr.

Abstract

Much research has been done on feminism in the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) as well as on the international student experience. This paper combines the two areas of research to study the international student’s role in promoting transnational feminism. Combining select works of fiction with data collected from Kennesaw State University (KSU) students via an online survey and personal interviews, the paper identifies the challenges the MENA women face in creating connections with others in the U.S. while noting the women's influence in changing perceptions. Similarly, the paper highlights the observations of the MENA students in regard to women’s roles at home and abroad, as well as what they believe may or may not be achievable for transnational feminism based on their experiences. The paper concludes that, in studying abroad, the MENA women are more aware of the realities women face and take a more active role in promoting transnational feminism than do their American counterparts.

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