Zainab Kabba

Prior to the start of her doctoral research, Zainab was an Assistant Director in the Department of Global Education at Sesame Workshop, the non-profit organization behind the television program Sesame Street.

Leveraging her technical and pedagogical training, she managed the development of educational content and research for television programming and classroom resources for community outreach initiatives for the Workshop’s international co-productions in the Middle East and sub-Saharan Africa.

Zainab’s doctoral research examines the ways in which religious teachers reproduce and transmit religious knowledge to American students within intensive Islamic learning environments. The study is innovative in its use of narrative ethnography to highlight the ways tradition is invoked as well as reworked within a Western context.

Zainab is a reviewer for the Anthropology of Education Quarterly Journal and convener of the OUDE Qualitative Methods Special Interest Group.

Subramanian, M., Lee, J., Dollard, L., Kabba, Z. (2016). Promoting Peace through Children’s Media: The Case of Sesame Workshop. In: Bajaj, M & Hantzopoulos, M (eds). Peace education: International perspectives. London: Bloomsbury.


Title of thesis:
The education of young American Muslims: knowledge and authority in intensive Islamic learning environments

Dr Nigel Fancourt and Dr David Mills

Research interests:
Anthropology of Education; Pedagogy; Teacher Training; Educational Content Development; Media; Islamic Education; Early-childhood Education


  • Research student

Research groups

  • Comparative and International Education
  • Philosophy, Religion and Education