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

Columbia University                    New York, NY

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

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: Criminalizing Islam: Islamophobia as an Apparatus of Punishment and Social Alienation


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: Presented “World and Identity Inversion in the Shell” for ACLA meeting at the University of California in Los Angeles (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).