Nakita Valerio is the New I-RSS Research Director
Join the Institute for Religious and Socio-Political Studies (I-RSS) in welcoming a new Research Director, Nakita Valerio, to the team! Nakita will be responsible for overseeing all research operations, as well as facilitating academic forums, collaborative work with other scholars, and research-based advocacy efforts.
Nakita Valerio is an award-winning writer, researcher, and Muslim community organizer based on Treaty 6 territory, Amiskwacîwâskahikan (Edmonton, Canada). She is a graduate in history and Islamic-Jewish studies from the University of Alberta and has been a research fellow with the Tessellate Institute, the Institute for Religious and Socio-Political Studies (I-RSS), the Edmonton Council of Muslim Communities (ECMC) and Mercy Mission Canada (MMC). Nakita also acts as an academic strategist/mentor for graduate students in the disciplines of history, religious studies, sociology, and social work. She has worked as an academic copy-editor in the social sciences and humanities since 2014. Nakita serves as an advisor to the Chester Ronning Center for the Study of Religion and Public Life at the University of Alberta Augustana Campus. Nakita is honoured to be the Research Director for I-RSS, serving both Muslim and research communities across Canada.
The Institute for Religious and Socio-Political Studies (I-RSS) uses inter-disciplinary academic research to actively shape and contribute to the discourse about Muslims and Islam in North America, especially Canada. As a non-profit research institute, the I-RSS mission is to produce original and relevant research, filling the gaps in North American academic policy circles. I-RSS does this by creating much-needed space for research, outreach, advocacy, and discussion.