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After a highly successful experience at Lake Stevens High School, Dr. Olsen received her Bachelor of Arts in International Studies from the Jackson School of International Studies at the University of Washington.  She then completed her Master of Arts in South Asian Regional Studies from the University of Pennsylvania and followed that by receiving her Doctor of Philosophy degree in anthropology from Syracuse University.  There in 2003 she received the “Outstanding Dissertation Prize” from the Maxwell School of Citizenship and Public Affairs.


Dr. Olsen has dedicated her career to increasing the understanding of the ways women in India, specifically Muslim women, perceive religious differences in society given the pervasive images of conflict between communities in the media.  She has taught courses in “Muslim Cultures” as an adjunct professor at both Syracuse University and The University of San Francisco.


Dr. Olsen has numerous publications, conference papers, and invited presentations to her credit including her contribution, “Disrupting an Almost Seamless Discourse:  “Working-Class/Lower Caste Muslim Women’s Accounts of a Communal Clash and Curfew in the City of Ajmer (Rajasthan, India)”, to the book The Diversity of Muslim Women’s Lives in India, Hasan, Zoya and Ritu Menon, eds.


The LSHS Hall-of-Fame is extremely proud to have Dr. Olsen as an inductee.

of Lake Stevens High School

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