Bethany Alhaidari


PhD Research Topic:  "Perceptions of Freedom among Saudi Citizens".

Supervisor: Dr. Kathleen Cavanaugh 

Academic Background:

B.A. Sociology & Ethnic Studies - Central Washington University                                      

M.A. Middle East & Islamic Studies - American University of Paris

Research Interests: Islamic law & Human Rights, Minority rights in Saudi Arabia, Human rights activism under authoritarian regimes 

Conferences and Guest Lectures:

"The Damaging Effects of Muslim Homogenization", Central Washington University, 2012.                            

"The Tunisian Revolution: An Eyewitness Account", Central Washington University, 2011. 


"The Burden of Being Female in Saudi Arabia", Muftah, March 21, 2014.

"Social Divisions Hinder Saudi Rights Movement", Al-Monitor, May 27, 2013. 

"Saudi Arabia: On Losing Control in Qatif and Qassim", Muftah, March 7, 2013. 

"Nightmare in Saudi Arabia: The Plight of Foreign Migrant Workers", Newsweek Daily Beast, January 14, 2013. 

"Combatting Child Marriage in Saudi Arabia", Muftah, January 10, 2013. 

"On Being Shia in Saudi Arabia", Institute for Gulf Affairs, October 2012.