Anna Piela has worked as a researcher in a variety of contexts: academic, community, and as a commercial consultant. She is associated with the Muslim Women’s Council in Bradford, UK, and has been appointed as an editor on the board of Hawwa: Journal of Women of the Middle East and the Islamic World.
Her latest research project looks at women’s mosques in the West. She presented a research paper on this topic titled ‘Women-led mosques in the UK, the USA and Denmark as spaces of women’s citizenship – a comparative online study’ at the British Association for Islamic Studies Conference at the University of Chester, UK (April 11-13, 2017).
Anna completed her PhD in Women’s Studies at the University of York in 2010. Her doctoral research explored intersections between sociology of Islam, gender, and media. Subsequently Anna’s dissertation was published as a monograph titled Muslim Women Online: Faith and Identity in a Virtual World by Routledge.
Anna’s research interests are focused on gender and Muslim identities in the West, as well as postcolonial theory and Foucauldian approaches. Immediately following her PhD study, she researched Muslim women’s self-representations on social networks. She has also worked on a number of research projects in the UK related to social justice, education, and health at Universities of Leeds, York, Westminster, Strathclyde, and Leicester.