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Chelsie May

Adjunct Professor

Part-Time Faculty


Chelsie May is a scholar of how race, gender, and intersectional analytics illuminate Jewish lives in Southwest Asia and North Africa (SWANA). Her research and teaching interests include histories of Jews and racialization in SWANA and relations between SWANA Jews and other communities of color that stem from social justice movements and solidarity activism. Her award-winning published articles have discussed the racialization of Jewish women in Iraq. Dr. May's current book project surfaces how race discourses and divisions affected belonging for Iraqi Jewish women. She received her Ph.D. from the University of Chicago.

Research Areas

  • Histories of Jews
  • Racialization in SWANA
  • Relations between SWANA Jews and other communities of color


  • University of Chicago, PhD in Near Eastern Languages and Civilizations
  • Brandeis, MA in Near Eastern and Judaic Studies
  • UCLA, BA in Middle East-North African Studies