Dr. Rahali's current research projects include:
Dr. Rahali holds an undergraduate degree in Urban Studies and Political Science from Columbia University. She has obtained two Master’s degrees: one in Special Education and the other in Media and Communications. She earned her PhD from the LSE.
She has been drawn to research topics that speak to issues of social inclusion and equality. As a Teach for America corps member (who served three years at a public high school in Harlem, NY), Dr. Rahali has made a lifelong commitment to expand educational opportunity. She has ten years of research experience in methods such as survey design, interviewing, content analysis and textual analysis. Her earliest experience of translating research initiatives into practical policy and programmatic outcomes was during her time as Education Director for a disability-focused non-profit. She took her own personal understanding of social stigma to develop a cross-cultural educational program with UNICEF that has since been implemented in various cultural contexts, from the Middle East to South America.
Dr. Rahali is a service-oriented educator and scholar committed to mentorship, development, and understanding organizational learning as well as the role of media in culture and education. Her professional experiences include leading research and growth, as well as administrative and operational teams in secondary and higher-education institutions. She has more than three years of teaching experience at the undergraduate and post-graduate level. She has lectured at Columbia, Cambridge and the LSE. Additional responsibilities include course development, provision of feedback, seminar teaching, one-on-one office hour instruction, small group supervision, and marking. Her pedagogical approach has been shaped by an intersectional orientation, as well as a broader orientation towards feminist pedagogy and praxis, striving to promote a sense of access and inclusion.
Dr. Rahali is a Fellow of the UK Higher Education Academy.