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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 . . .

Grant Marthinsen

Grant Marthinsen

Hometown: Rochester, New York

Research Interests: Extremism, Daesh, post-invasion Iraq, state and military penetration

Grant graduated from Allegheny College in Meadville, Pennsylvania in 2017 with a BA in Middle East and North African Studies and a minor in Religious Studies . . .

Alexandra Murray

Alexandra Murray

Hometown: Wilton, Connecticut

Research Interests: Women and gender, sexuality studies, literature and media

Alexandra is a current graduate student at the Center for Contemporary Arab Studies, concentrating in Women and Gender . . .

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Nicoleta Nichifor

Hometown: Abaclia Basarabeasca, the Republic of Moldova

Research Interests: International relations and development in the Middle East

Nicoleta graduated with honors from New York University Abu Dhabi in the United Arab Emirates in 2017 with a B.A. in Political Science and minors in Economics and Arabic Language . . .

Gregory Noth

Gregory Noth

Hometown: Des Moines, Iowa

Research Interests: Authoritarianism, politics of the Gulf, civil-military relations

Greg graduated cum laude from Knox College in Galesburg, Illinois in 2012 with a BA in International Relations. He studied Arabic, political culture, and development models of the Gulf . . .

Sami Rafidi

Sami Rafidi

Hometown: Youngstown, Ohio; Batroun, Lebanon

Research Interests: Politics of Lebanon, Lebanese confessionalism, US foreign policy in the Middle East, sectarianism and identity politics in the Levant

Sami Rafidi graduated magna cum laude from John Carroll University in Ohio in 2018 with a BA in Political Science and minors in History and Peace, Justice, and Human Rights . . .

Michael Reeves

Michael Reeves

Hometown: Portland, Oregon

Research Interests: Religious identity and political Islam in North Africa, Algerian Civil War, French colonialism, language policy and politics in North Africa

Michael earned his BA in History from the University of Oregon, during which time he studied Arabic and French . . .

Sydney Roeder

Sydney Roeder

Hometown: Midland, Michigan

Research Interests: Water development in the Levant, political economy structures of the Arab region

Sydney graduated from Albion College in Michigan in 2017 after focusing her studies on environmental and economic development in the Arab world . . .

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Richard Sacco

Hometown: San Diego, California

Research Interests: Refugees and displacement in the Arab World, the effects of the Arab Spring on civil society and grassroots movements in Arab societies

Richard graduated from the University of California, Los Angeles in 2016 with a BA in Arabic . . .

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Samar Saeed

Hometown: Palestine & Jordan

Research Interests: The political economy of the Arab world, authoritarianism, identity politics, power, education

Samar holds a BA from George Mason University and an MA in Near and Middle Eastern Studies from SOAS, University of London . . .