Class of 2019

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Khairuldeen Al Makhzoomi

Hometown: Baghdad, Iraq

Research Interests: Iraqi National Reconciliation

Khairuldeen holds a degree in Political Science and Near Eastern Languages and Literature from UC Berkeley. His writing has appeared in The Arab Weekly, Foreign Policy Journal, Middle East Eye, Berkeley Political Review, openDemocracy . . .

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Majd al Waheidi

Hometown: Gaza, Palestine

Research Interests: Politics, diplomacy, and culture

Majd Al Waheidi is a first-year student in MAAS, with a concentration in Politics. She comes to DC after three years as the New York Times Gaza Reporter. Born in Gaza to a Bedouin family from Beersheva . . .

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Minatullah Alobaidi

Hometown: Baghdad, Iraq

Research Interests: Development in post-Daesh Iraq, effects of social media on the Arab World

Minatullah Alobaidi is an alumnus of the American University of Iraq Sulaimaniyah (AUIS), originally from Baghdad, Iraq. Minatullah graduated in 2015 with a Bachelor’s degree . . .

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Abrar Alshammari

Hometown: Kuwait City, Kuwait

Research Interests: Politics in Kuwait, freedom of expression in the Gulf, human rights, tribalism, women’s changing roles

Abrar Alshammari graduated with a BA in International Relations, and a minor in English Language and Literature from the American University of Kuwait . . .

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Ghadeer Awwad

Hometown: Nablus, Palestine

Research Interests: Women empowerment, conflict resolution, peacebuilding and human rights, Palestinian society under Israeli occupation

Ghadeer earned her Bachelor’s of Arts in International Studies and Human development & social Relations from Earlham College . . .

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Collin T. Berill

Hometown: Meriden, Connecticut

Research Interests: Al-Nahda and late Ottoman Empire, Arab intellectual histories

Collin is a student of history whose research interests lie in the Arabic cultural renaissance of the 19th century and intellectual exchanges between Europe and the Ottoman Empire . . .

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Chirin Dirani

Hometown: Damascus, Syria

Research Interests: Women’s economic survival during and after times of crises

Chirin is a Syrian development practitioner with over fifteen years of field experience. Chirin graduated from Damascus University with a B.A. in Political Economy . . .

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Donald Fantozzi

Hometown: Torrington, CT

Research Interests: Causes of revolutions in the Middle East, technology’s role in revolutionary activity

Donald graduated with honors from the University of Hartford in Hartford, CT in 2014 with a dual B.A. in political science and international relations . . .

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Shannon Hayes

Hometown: New Boston, New Hampshire

Research Interests: Gender politics in Morocco, especially the role of social media in shaping romantic interactions; sexual education implementation in MENA

Shannon graduated from Davidson College in 2017 with a B.A. in Arab Studies and significant coursework in French . . .

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Lauren Stewart Khater Meyer

Hometown: Denver, CO

Research Interests: Lebanese governance and U.S.-Arab relations

Lauren graduated magna cum laude from Davidson College in 2012 with honors and a B.A. in Political Science, minor in Arabic language . . .