Nisrine Chaer is a researcher whose interests lie at the intersection of queer and gender studies, Middle East studies, cultural studies, migration, and anthropology. She is currently a PhD candidate at Utrecht University working on an ethnographic project that investigates geographies of home and belonging with a focus on Middle East & North African queer and trans (refugee) communities in the Netherlands and in Lebanon. This NWO-funded project is supervised by prof. dr. Berteke Waaldijk and dr. Layal Ftouni.

Nisrine graduated from the Gender & Ethnicity Master’s at Utrecht University where she wrote her thesis on queer activism in Beirut based on methodologies at the crossroads of cultural studies and ethnography. She also worked at Radboud University on an anthropological research on trauma and memory among Syrian refugees in the Netherlands. Her work has appeared in Kohl Journal for Body and Gender Research (2015), Global Dialogue (2016), ZemZem (2020), Women Rising: Resistance, Revolution, and Reform in the Arab Spring and Beyond (NYU Press, forthcoming 2020), and Global Encyclopedia of Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, and Queer History (Charles Scribner’s Sons, 2020).