Serena L Abdallah

Serena L Abdallah

Serena L Abdallah

Graduate Lecturer

Serena is a Sociology PhD student at George Mason University. She previously earned a Bachelor's and Master's degree in Anthropology from George Mason where she researched imported feminized labor in Lebanon, analyzing the xenophobic tendencies of the Lebanese government and its people and how this impacts the import and export of human labor, why migrant women come to Lebanon to work as domestic workers, and why they stay after hearing “horror stories” of rampant abuse. Her thesis suggested reform and further study through analyzing the activity of Lebanon-based NGOs and the effects of news media versus social media groups run by NGOs and the fight for progress fueled by community members.

Serena's current work is focusing on the impacts narrative-based roleplaying video games have on the identities of avid gamers, for an ethnographic understanding of how games that people play may allow them to experience a different life, how they may build community, and how gaming can be used for social action. 

Selected Publications

Hughes Rinker, C., Oliver Pelland, and Serena Abdallah. 2017. “Islamic Moral Values and End-of-Life Care: Examining the Intersection of Religious Beliefs and the U.S. Health Care System.” Southern Anthropologist 37(1):26-58.

Courses Taught

COMM 101 - Fundamentals of Communication Lab


B.A. in Anthropology - George Mason University

M.A. in Anthropology - George Mason University