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Lennon Jones

Lennon Jones

Hometown: La Crosse, Wisconsin

Research Interests: The Israel-Palestine conflict, US foreign relations with countries of the Arab World

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, conflict, regional and world powers’ foreign policy in the Levant and Iraq, Arab-Israeli conflict

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 . . .

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Caroline Manela

Hometown: Sharon, Massachusetts

Research Interests: Modern history, culture, and politics of the Gulf

Caroline graduated magna cum laude from NYU Abu Dhabi with a BA in history and a concentration in Arabic. As an undergraduate, she spent semesters away in New York and Tel Aviv . . .