Sadaf (Sadaf) F. Jaffer (D-16a)

State Assembly Member Sadaf Jaffer

Sadaf (Sadaf) F. Jaffer (D-16a)
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Capitol: 609.847.3115
FAX: 732.823.1658
District: 732.823.1684
State Assembly Member
State House 125 West State Street
Trenton, NJ 08625-1101
125 West State Street
Trenton, NJ 08625-1101
Residence:Princeton, NJ

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Dr. Sadaf Jaffer is an educator and activist. She recently completed two terms as mayor of Montgomery Township, New Jersey. In January of 2019, she became the first South Asian woman to serve as mayor of a municipality in New Jersey, and the first Muslim woman to serve as mayor of a municipality in the United States. Her signature initiatives included- creating and implementing a crisis communications plan to help Montgomery Township maintain some of the lowest COVID-19 infection and fatality rates in New Jersey; facilitating a participatory design process for the municipal center and library project started by her predecessors while securing millions of dollars in state funding; responding to demands for racial justice by coordinating meetings for Black community members and youth activists with the Township's police leadership to build trust and mutual understanding; and inaugurating a Youth Leadership Council to elevate the voices of young people who are energized to lead. Jaffer is a Postdoctoral Research Associate in South Asian Studies at Princeton University where she teaches courses on South Asian, Islamic, and Asian American Studies. Her current book project, entitled "Secularism and Sexuality in Indian Muslim Thought- Ismat Chughtai's Literary Progressivism" examines Urdu writer and Indian cultural critic Ismat Chughtai's formation of what Jaffer terms an "Indo-Muslim secular" through Urdu literature and Bombay cinema from the 1940s through the 1980s. Jaffer argues that Chughtai formulated a discourse of secularism rooted in the Indian Muslim context and Jaffer focuses on literary culture as the primary lens to approach Islam. She has published articles in the Journal of Women's History, Foreign Policy Research Institute, Huffington Post, Altmuslimah, and American Kahani. Jaffer currently serves as Chair of the Inclusion and Equity Committee of Montgomery Township and on the Board of Trustees for the New Jersey Council for the Humanities. She was one of the founding members of Inspiring South Asian American Women (ISAAW), a group dedicated to encouraging civic engagement among South Asian American women in New Jersey. She is on the Board of Directors for The New Agenda, an organization that promotes women's economic empowerment and combats sexual harassment and sexual assault. Jaffer earned her bachelor's degree in Foreign Service from Georgetown University and obtained her PhD in Near Eastern Languages and Civilizations from Harvard University with a secondary field in Studies of Women, Gender, and Sexuality.

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First Elected: 2021    Next Election: 2023
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