Interview of Suneela Mubayi

Suneela Mubayi discusses their experiences as a genderqueer person who has traveled extensively throughout the Middle East while studying for their PhD in Arabic through Columbia University. They recount being raised by their grandmother in New Delhi, India, discovering their interest in languages and in Arabic, navigating airport travel while trans, and the interplay of language with gender and sexuality.

Date of Interview:

July 21, 2017

Location of Interview:

Financial District, New York City

Place of birth:

New York



Interviewed by

Nadia Awad

Summary by

Jamie Magyar