Lara Dotson-Renta

Lara Dotson-Renta

Assistant Dean for Career Development

BA, Dartmouth College; MA, New York University; MA, PhD, University of Pennsylvania

College of Arts and Sciences
College of Arts & Sciences 3  105

(203) 582-8911

CAR 295   Career Practicum   -   Spring 2014
FR 300Special Topics Course   -   Spring 2014
QU 101(UC) The Individual in the Community   -   Fall 2014


I hold a PhD in Romance Languages (Spanish and French), and research postcolonial cultural production. I specialize in comparative immigration studies, transnational identities, and Islam in the West. I am particularly interested in how the Moorish history of Al-Andalus (711-1492) is being revisited by African and Arab immigrants to Europe, North America, and Latin America as a way to defuse the racialization of the Islamic faith by proclaiming Islam as a European religion with an historical legacy to the region. I have published in the Journal of North African Studies,, and Arab Media & Society, among other outlets. My book Immigration, Popular Culture, and the Re-Routing of European Muslim Identity was released by Palgrave Macmillan in 2012.