GSAS: Career Chat with Dr. Sadaf Jaffer, PhD '15


Thursday, January 14, 2021, 5:00pm to 6:00pm


Join us to hear the fascinating career story of Sadaf Jaffer, PhD '15 Near Eastern Languages and Civilizations. In this casual conversation, learn how Dr. Jaffer balances her post-doctoral research and teaching with her political and advocacy roles, and where she sees her career going next .

Dr. Sadaf Jaffer is an elected official, scholar, and activist. Jaffer is the mayor of Montgomery Township, New Jersey. In January 2019, she became the first South Asian woman to serve as mayor of a municipality in New Jersey, and the first Muslim woman to serve as mayor of a municipality in the United States. She has focused her administration on protecting the health of the community during the COVID-19 crisis, fostering transparency and civic education through effective communications, and promoting diversity and inclusion initiatives, particularly in light of renewed calls for racial justice. Jaffer is also a Postdoctoral Research Associate in South Asian Studies at Princeton University where she teaches courses on South Asian, Islamic, and Asian American Studies. Jaffer earned her bachelor’s degree in Foreign Service from Georgetown University and obtained her PhD in Near Eastern Languages and Civilizations from Harvard University with a secondary field in studies of Women, Gender, and Sexuality. PLEASE REGISTER TO ATTEND.