Dr. Khanmalek

Contact Information

Office: Humanities 212-C
Voice: 657-278-2174

Fax: 657-278-6132
Dept: 657-278-7942

Department Address

California State University, Fullerton
Women & Gender Studies Department
Humanities Hall 230
Fullerton, CA 92831
Phone: 657.278.3888
FAX: 657.626.6132

Tala Khanmalek, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor


Tala Khanmalek (she/they) is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Women and Gender Studies at CSU Fullerton. She is currently writing a book manuscript that engages public health archives with feminist of color epistemologies and continuing a multi-year oral history project on the work of healing justice practitioners. For a list of her publications, please visit: https://fullerton.academia.edu/TalaKhanmalek.

Khanmalek has been the recipient of many awards, grants, and fellowships including, most recently, a Humanities and Social Sciences Summer Research/Writing Stipend from CSUF and a (partial) Laura Bassi Scholarship from Editing Press. She regularly participates in academic conferences and is a member of the American Studies Association’s Committee on Critical Ethnic Studies.

Khanmalek has taught a wide range of entry and upper-level college courses as well as interdisciplinary courses of her own design (e.g., “Science Fiction and Fact” at Princeton University). At CSUF she teaches “Introduction to Women’s Studies” and “Advanced Readings in Feminist Theory” on Gloria Anzaldúa. Additionally, she is a faculty advisor to the SWANA (South West Asia and North Africa) student organization, a faculty mentor in the Mellon Mays Undergraduate Fellowship Program, and a faculty mentor in the 2021 Summer Undergraduate Research Academy.

Khanmalek earned her PhD in Ethnic Studies at UC Berkeley with a Designated Emphasis in Women, Gender and Sexuality and her BA in Ethnic Studies and French, also at UC Berkeley. She was formerly a Postdoctoral Research Associate in the American Studies and Gender and Sexuality Studies Programs at Princeton University; a Visiting Scholar at UC Santa Cruz’s Science and Justice Research Center; and a lecturer in the Liberal Studies Department at CSU Los Angeles.

Last but not least, Khanmalek is a contributing writer at Ideas on Fire; a creative writer and Voices of Our Nations Arts Foundation alum; the founding director of Sailing for Social Justice, a sponsored project of the Detroit-based Allied Media Projects; and a long-time political activist involved in community-based organizing for social justice.   

Office Hours

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