Mustafa Raza

Research Assistant, Project on Shi’ism and Global Affairs, Harvard University & BA in Political Science & Comparative Literature, Rutgers University

Originally from Jackson, New Jersey, Mustafa Raza is a Research Assistant at Harvard University’s Project on Shi’ism and Global Affairs, where his research focuses on critical media and film studies, postcolonial comparative literature from the global South, and the reception of transcultural mystical thought in contemporary US culture. Mustafa graduated magna cum laude from Rutgers University-New Brunswick in May 2020 with a BA in Political Science and Comparative Literature and a double minor in South Asian Studies and Cinema Studies. Mustafa has also been active in civic engagement through local politics, community development, and volunteer social work. He is currently a board member of the Ahlul Bayt Collective and has also worked at the NJ State Assembly Majority Office, the Office of The Secretary of Higher Education of New Jersey, and has served as an elected member of the Rutgers Senate and the Ahlul-Bayt Student Association.

In his free time, Mustafa enjoys performing slam poetry, watching the Knicks lose (as an ardent Knicks fan), and advises students on their college and graduate school applications.