Rafia Khader is a PhD student in American Studies at Indiana University in Indianapolis with a focus on Islam in America. She is interested in examining contemporary Muslim spaces and exploring how committed Muslims create spiritual bonds and communities in and outside of the mosque. She is generally interested in looking at Muslim spaces through the lens of gender, race, and ethnicity and how these spaces are inextricably shaped by the American historical, political, and sociocultural context. Rafia has a BA in Economics from Benedictine University and an AM in Religious Studies from the University of Chicago Divinity School. Rafia also currently serves as a Program Manager at the Lake Institute on Faith & Giving and is the Managing Editor of the Journal of Muslim Philanthropy & Civil Society, an open-access academic journal published by Indiana University Press.