Sondra Hale, UCLA professor emerita of anthropology and gender studies, received an honorary doctorate of the arts from Ahfad University for Women in Omdurman, Sudan on April 27. One of the top universities in Africa, Ahfad is also a Ph.D.-granting institute in Women's Studies.

Hale is co-founder of the oldest graduate student journal in African Studies, Ufahamu, and a past co-editor of the Journal of Middle East Women’s Studies. She has also served as a co-director of the UCLA Center for Near Eastern Studies. She completed her B.A., master's degree and doctorate at UCLA, where she has devoted over 50 years of her life to research and friendships in Sudan.

"I could not have been more honored by an award, considering that Ahfad University has served women and other minoritized people inside and outside Sudan for decades and has been my second university home for nearly 50 years," Hale said.

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