Rose Hattab

MA, PhD Candidate in the School of Middle Eastern and North African Studies

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  • WONDER HOUSE @ SXSW 2020 Talks:

    Decolonize Your Taco
    Talk and Tasting

    with Kaitlyn Armendariz and Rose Hattab

    Friday, March 13 at 5 p.m.
    - and - 
    Sunday, March 15 at 5 p.m.


Explore the cultural legacy of the Sonoran Desert through the decolonization of southwestern cuisine while you learn and taste the history and foodway traditions of this unique region. 


Rose Hattab is a current PhD student in the School of Middle Eastern & North African Studies at the University of Arizona with a minor in English Rhetoric and Composition. She is an Arabic TA as well as an Outreach and Recruitment Graduate Associate for MENAS. Rose has a background in public education and also works as a program coordinator with the Syrian Network Community, a local non-profit organization. Her skills include networking, grant writing, outreach, and marketing via social media.  Looking at the broader area of cultural studies, she is also interested in the way historical context and events have influenced the understanding and construction of urban planning and politics. Her research interests include colonialism/post-colonialism, nationalism, gender, patriarchy, social development, war, and globalization in the context of creating identity, memory and social participation through historical representations in popular culture and visual media.  

Rose and her family came to the US as refugees from Iraq, fleeing persecution in their homeland. Her experiences as an Arab woman have greatly shaped her viewpoints and research interests, particularly as she pursues her PhD and consolidates her ideas for her dissertation. Growing up in a refugee family in America, Rose has had the best of both the Arab and American worlds in terms of food, culture, music, and the arts. Surrounded by the diverse cultures of the Southwest, Rose believes that the Tucson and Arizona culture is not inherently limited to one group but rather is a culture that has a history of borrowing, adapting and personalizing different exchanges, while also working together to join traditional knowledge systems in maintaining a sustainable future.