Layla AbdelRahim received her B.A. from Bryn Mawr College. Upon graduation, she won the Watson Fellowship to conduct an anthropological study in Europe. She spent a year at l’École des Hautes Études en Sciences Sociales in Paris before receiving her M.A. from Stockholm University. She received her Ph.D. from the University of Montreal. Her dissertation was published by Routledge in 2015. She is also the author of a book on the anthropology and philosophy of education, published by Fernwood in 2013. She has worked in refugee relief and journalism of war in North East Africa and currently teaches at the University of Quebec in Trois-Rivieres on a part-time basis.