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Kholoud Al-Qubbaj - Southern Utah University. Cedar City, UT, US

Kholoud Al-Qubbaj

Associate Professor of Humanities | Southern Utah University


Specializing in diversity and inclusion in higher education, transnationalism, and middle eastern studies


Dr. Kholoud Al-Qubbaj is an associate professor of humanities at Southern Utah University. For the past seventeen years, she has taught Diversity and Arabic Language.

Published multiple times, most recently the book "Acculturation Among Arabic Children and Their Families in the USA" and a research study titled “Gender Identity and Religious Practices of First Generation Muslim Women in the U.S.” In 2012, she edited the published book Dimensions of Global Diversity.

Dr. Al-Qubbaj earned a bachelor of arts in English Language from An-Najah N. University and a master of arts in education and a Ph.D. in curriculum and instruction from New Mexico State University.



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Intro to HSS 1120 with Professor Kholoud Al Qubbaj


Industry Expertise (4)


International Affairs


Writing and Editing

Areas of Expertise (16)

Diversity & Inclusion in Higher Education

English as A Second Language

Diversity and Inclusion in Utah

Global Diversity

Social Justice

Muslim Communities



Diversity & Inclusion

Multicultural Education



Middle East

Diversity in Rural Communities

Arab and Islamic Studies

Gender Equality in Higher Education

Education (3)

New Mexico State University: Ed.D., Curriculum and Instruction

New Mexico State University: M.A., Education and ESL

An-Najeh N. University: B.A., English Language

Accomplishments (6)

Influencer Certificate (professional)

Southern Utah University Division of Student Affairs and Career & Professional Development Center, 2017

Certificate of Appreciation (professional)

Saudi Arabian Cultural Mission to the USA, 2015

Advisor of the Year Finalist (professional)

Southern Utah University, 2014 & 2015

Plaque Award (professional)

The Third Geo-Palestine Regional Conference, 2010

Inclusion & Diversity Award (professional)

Distinguished Faculty for Inclusion & Diversity Award 2020-2021

Collaborative Excellence Award (professional)


Affiliations (4)

  • Arab Families Working Group Scholars Database
  • Journal of Diversity in Higher Education
  • Sociologists for Women in Society
  • Utah Academy of Sciences, Arts & Letters

Languages (1)

  • Arabic

Media Appearances (3)

Leavitt Center Panel Answers Tough Questions

The Spectrum  print


Is America ready for a president who doesn’t meet the traditional norms of our society? That is the question panelists looked to answer Wednesday evening on the campus of Southern Utah University. The event, hosted by the Michael O. Leavitt Center for Politics and Public Service, involved both SUU students as well as the community.

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SUU To Talk Religion

SUU News  online


Visiting panelists contributing to Thursday’s discussion will include Geshe Thupten Dorjee, a Buddhist monk currently teaching at the University of Arkansas; Steve Benson, a secular-humanist and Pulitzer Prize-winning editorial cartoonist for the Arizona Republic; Kholoud Al-Qubbaj, a Muslim faculty member who teaches a course on diversity at SUU; Jerry Iwarden, pastor for the Westview Assembly of God in Cedar City; Susan Wiltse Smith, an Episcopalian vicar; Dr. Kim Peterson, a religious instructor for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints; and Dr. Ed Firmage, former White House Fellow for Civil Rights and an emeritus professor of law at the University of Utah.

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Islam Comes to Cedar City

SUU News  online


There are currently more than 270 Middle Eastern students who have made the 8,000-mile voyage from home to attend Southern Utah University, bringing with them a unique culture that is unknown to most in the southern Utah community. On Wednesday, February 20, however, the SUU Multicultural and International Center, along with the Michael O. Leavitt Center for Politics and Public Service and the SUU Saudi Club, is bringing Islam to Cedar City for a night of open discussion about the Islam culture and Muslim religion.

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Articles (2)

Palestinian-Israeli Conflict: Two Different Perspectives

The Third Palestinian Geographic Conference

Kholoud Al-Qubbaj


This conflict has yet to be resolved, and the turmoil keeps on continually. The Palestinians and the Israelis have different paradigms of grasping all issues related to the conflict. For an outsider trying to understand the conflict, it becomes very vital to understand the two perspectives of the disagreement. Many factors contribute to the differences of understanding the conflict on both sides: The Arab and Muslims share the same views and interpretation of the conflict which is based primarily on their history and religions. On the other hand, the American public knowledge of the conflict is influenced by; the media, education, and politics. The media has fueled anti-Arab, ant-Muslim and stereotypical feelings of terrorism, dress modesty, the hijab, etc. Lack of true image of Arabs and Muslims in the school curricula triggers stereotypes of these two groups among the new generations. In addition, the religion of the average American, which is based on Zionism, has convinced them to one side of the dispute.

Gender Identity and Religious Practices of First-Generation Muslim Women Immigrants in the U.S.


Chin Hu, Hooshang Pazaki, Marianne Cutler and Kholoud Al-Qubbaj


This study discusses gender and religious identities of first-generation Muslim women living in the U.S. based on a sample of 33 respondents. All women participating in this research have identified themselves as practicing Muslims and have come from countries where Islam is the dominant religion. The study reports the everyday life challenges these women face practicing Islam, as well as the prejudice and rejection they face as Muslim women. Additionally, the study addresses the dominant and persistent impact of Islamic religion on the gender norms practiced by these women. These women, regardless of their education, age, national origins, and years living in the U.S., expressed unyielding support for these traditional gender practices. The study concludes that these firstgeneration Muslim women have resorted to the traditional cultural and gender-specific norms and practices to negotiate their identity, rather than succumbing to the dominant American culture.

Courses (4)

HSS 1120 Introduction to Diversity

This course is an interdisciplinary, term-taught, general education offering. The course will introduce the theoretical and practical paradigm of cultural differences. In this course, cultural difference will refer to race, gender, nationality, class, religion, and age. Students will be encouraged to examine the ways in which these paradigms influence their daily lives and the structure of our culture.

SOC 4530 Diasporas and Transnationalism

This course examines the socio-cultural, political, & economic dimensions of transnational practices across nation-states. It focuses on the causes and consequences of transnationalism.

SCED 3400 Educating Diverse Populations

This course examines the changing dynamics of school populations that includes demographics, race, ethnicity, culture, economics, at-risk populations and other current issues.

EDUC 6710 Multicultural Education

Examines the social and cultural conditions that influence education. Places emphasis on programs development to meet the needs of culturally diverse school populations.