Hala Alnagar


Hala received her B.A. in Sociology and Religious Studies from the California State University, Bakersfield. During her time there, Hala combined her two majors to conduct an independent qualitative study. This study explored the attitudes of young Muslim Americans towards homosexuality. Hala presented her findings at a number of conferences, including the California Sociological Association (CSA) and the Social Sciences Research and Instructional Center (SSRIC). At the SSRIC, Hala's paper received an honorable mention for the Charles McCall award for best undergraduate paper. Hala began her pursuit of a Ph.D./in Sociology at the University of California, Merced in the fall of 2016. For her thesis, she plans to continue the study she conducted during her undergraduate career to further explore the beliefs of Muslim Americans regarding LGBTQ issues. Hala has a passion for understanding social inequality in the areas of sexuality, gender, race/ethnicity, and religion.

Sociology Department Chair
Paul Almeida, Professor
Sociology Graduate Chair
Irenee Beattie, Associate Professor
Sociology Undergraduate Chair
Edward Flores, Associate Professor
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Sociology (Graduate)
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