May Elawar, PhD, received her PhD in Philosophy and Religion with a concentration in Women's Spirituality from CIIS. She holds an MA in International Relations from the American University in Washington, DC, and a BA in Political Science. May teaches in the Women's Spirituality Program and the School of Undergraduate Studies at CIIS, and is interested in bridging spirituality/religion with social justice activism. May is Lebanese, and came to the US as an international student. She is particularly interested in exploring alternative and non-western philosophical frameworks to address theories of knowledge, identity, gender, colonialism/postcolonialism, and globalization. May's research and activism has focused greatly on social justice in the Arab and Muslim world, particularly for women. Through her work in the Women's Spirituality Program, May is active with a number of groups in the Bay Area who are involved in exploring transformative practices for healing gender-based violence.