All Students

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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 . . .

Lennon Jones

Lennon Jones

Hometown: La Crosse, Wisconsin

Research Interests: Civil rights and justice systems, democratization efforts, Islam

Lennon graduated from Vassar College in Poughkeepsie, New York in 2016 with a BA in History and a minor in Arabic Language and Culture . . .

Jinseul Jun

Jinseul Jun

Hometown: Seoul, South Korea

Research Interests: Sharia/Islamic law, international human rights, disability studies, the human rights approach to disability, development

Jinseul graduated cum laude from Middlebury College in Middlebury, Vermont in 2017 with a BA in Political Science . . .

Rashid Karriti

Rashid Karriti

Hometown: Clifton, New Jersey

Research Interests: Security issues, regional/world foreign policy, sectarian issues & proxy wars in the Levant, Egypt and Iraq, the Arab-Israeli conflict, Arab militaries & authoritarianism, and Israeli foreign policy in the Arab world

Rashid graduated from Rutgers University in New Brunswick, New Jersey with a BA in Political Science and a minor in International Affairs . . .

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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 . . .

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Jacob Kopfensteiner

Hometown: Grand Rapids, Michigan

Research Interests: Islamism, Salafism, and post Arab Spring politics, with a particular focus on Egypt

Jacob graduated magna cum laude from Saint Louis University with a BA in History and a minor in Middle Eastern studies . . .

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Nour Mousa Laswi

Hometown: Amman, Jordan

Research Interests: Market trends, the impact of refugee influxes on markets and country resources, and humanitarian aid

Nour received a full scholarship to study at the Lebanese American University. From there, she graduated with distinction in 2014 with a BSc in Banking and Finance, minor in Economics . . .

Melissa Levinson

Melissa Levinson

Hometown: Yarmouth, Maine

Research Interests: Educational representations of Arabs and Muslims, Islamophobia in the United States

Melissa graduated summa cum laude from New York University Abu Dhabi in 2018 with a degree in Middle Eastern Studies and a concentration in Arabic Language . . .

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Jennifer H. Luong

Hometown: Chicago, Illinois

Research Interests: Arab society and culture, women and gender, education in the Arab world, conflict resolution, philosophy

A graduate of both the Defense Language Institute and the United States Air Force Academy, Jennifer . . .

Grace Makhoul

Grace Makhoul

Hometown: Homs, Syria

Research Interest: Development, education, refugees and displacement

Grace graduated from Earlham College in Richmond, Indiana in 2018 with a BA in Peace and Global Studies and Comparative Languages and Linguistics . . .