Charlotte Moats-Gallagher, Ph.D. is a 2010 graduate of the PHD Program in Leadership and Change at Antioch University.

Dissertation Committee

  • Philomena Essed, Ph.D., Committee Chair
  • Laurien Alexandre, Ph.D., Committee Member
  • Elizabeth Holloway, Ph.D., Committee Member
  • Nadine Naber, Ph.D., External Reader


Arab American relations, intercultural relations, political narrative, narrative inquiry, human security, emotion, political racism, discrimination, othering, identity, forgiveness, voice, restitution

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This study explored eighteen women's views and experiences in the arena of Arab/American relations, post-9/11. The study engaged three groups of women: Arab women in Qatar, Arab American women in the U.S., and non-Arab women in the U.S. Qualitative narrative inquiry methodology was used complemented by an innovative use of freewriting to help prepare participants for interviews. Clarke’s (2005a) situational analysis was used to open up and analyze the data. Findings surfaced around the interconnected themes of identity, racism, discrimination and Othering, the role of the media, and how these ultimately influence a collective sense of and experience of human security. The study adds to the knowledge on East/West understanding and the literature concerning the role of political narratives in meaning-making during times of turmoil. This work explored women's sense of belonging in the political world and women's (political) voices during the post-9/11 period and helps to determine the readiness for dialogue that exists on Arab/American relations. The electronic version of this dissertation is accessible at the OhioLINK ETD Center,