Class of 2023
Hometown: Miami, Florida
Research Interests: Nationalisms, revolutions, cultural history, historical nostalgia and narratives, connections of the Global South
Sharon Arana received her B.A. from Sarah Lawrence College in 2020. She concentrated in history with a focus in the Middle East, and further specialized in North Africa and the Levant. In 2019, she studied underground music of the 1970s in North Africa at the University of Chicago as a C3/LADO Mellon Mays research fellow. She has also studied Modern Standard Arabic at the Arabic Language Institute in Fez, Morocco. She has pivoted her historical work towards arts and/or culture spaces to strive for ethical historical engagement and prioritization of minority groups. Sharon will continue studying history at CCAS to further her education in Middle Eastern contemporary art and the future of decolonial practices in art institutions.