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Master of Arts in Middle Eastern South Asian and African Studies              (2017-)

Columbia University                    New York, NY

Research in Progress:

The Limits of Neuroimaging and Psychoanalysis

World and Identity Inversion in Arabic Prison Writing

The Myth of Sublime Letters: Ali al-Wardi’s Sociology of Literature

The Creative Imagination in Sufi Thought and Practice

Feminine Political Thought and Creativity in Modern Arabic Letters


Master of Arts in Sociology                                                                                    (2016-2017)

Columbia University                    New York, NY

Thesis: Producing the Poet: Translating Adonis and Adab as Method


Master of Arts in Arabic Studies                                                                            (2013-2015)

American University in Cairo     New Cairo, Egypt

Thesis: Iraqi Women’s Literature in Translation: Toward a Decolonizing Reading


BA: International Studies                                                                    (2007-2011)

Thesis: The Myth of War in Egyptian History

BA: Comparative Literature                                                                 (Honors)

Thesis: Analysis of the Effect of Arabic Rhymed Prose

University of Washington           Seattle, Washington



Spring 2018: To present research at the annual American Comparative Literature Association conference (with support from Columbia University in the City of New York).

Spring 2017: Attended Adab conference at Columbia University

Fall 2016: Attended Arabic Literature Colloquium at Georgetown University, Washington DC.

Spring 2016: Attended Conference on the Maqama in Medieval Islamic and Jewish letters, Princeton University, NJ.

Fall 2015: Presented “Translating Iraqi Women’s Literature” at American Literary Translator’s Association conference, Tuscon, Arizona.

Summer 2015: Attended Islamic Studies program on Liberation Theology, Ethnic Studies, and Critical Decolonization, University of Granada, Spain.

Spring 2015: Contributed chapter to international publication on Egyptian Arts and Culture, titled Arts and the Uprising (Oxford University Press).

Spring 2015: Presented research at Iraqi Studies conference, Columbia University, New York, NY (with support from the American University in Cairo).

Spring 2014: Presented research at Translation Studies Panel at AUC, New Cairo.

Spring 2014: Awarded University Fellowship, Dept. of Arab and Islamic Civilizations, AUC (tuition remission).

Fall 2013: Selected as Research Assistant, Dept. of Arab and Islamic Civilizations, AUC, Egypt.

Summer 2010: Arabic Language Study, Damascus University, Syria.

Summer 2009: Global Honors College for Sustainable Development, Waseda University, Tokyo, Japan.

Fall 2008: University of Washington Comparative Literature Paris in the Fall Program.

Fall 2007: Awarded Betty Eberharter Endowed Honors Fellowship ($12,000 and Study Abroad Support).