Shannon Hayes - Center for Contemporary Arab Studies | Georgetown University
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Hometown: New Boston, New Hampshire

Research Interests: Gender politics in Morocco, especially the role of social media in shaping romantic interactions; hymenoplasty in the Middle East and among diaspora communities in Europe; sexual education implementation in MENA.

Shannon graduated from Davidson College in 2017 with a B.A. in Arab Studies and significant coursework in French. In 2014, she received a Dean Rusk grant to study Modern Standard Arabic intensively at the Qasid Institute in Amman, Jordan. After spending a semester studying Arabic and literature at the Arabic Language Institute of Fez, Morocco, she narrowed her research interests and began to research for her thesis on premarital sex and dating in Morocco. Awarded another Dean Rusk grant in 2016, Shannon spent the Winter conducting interviews at Sidi Mohamed Ben Abdellah University in Fez, and was awarded honors for her resulting thesis work.