Class of 2021
Hometown: Redondo Beach, CA
Research Interests: Post-colonial studies, nationalism and identity, critical theory, resistance mechanisms, rurality, Arabic sociolinguistics, and socioeconomic class struggles
Yasmeen is enrolled in the Georgetown University School of Foreign Service’s accelerated master’s program, through which she is completing her senior year of her B.S. simultaneously with her first year of her M.A. As an undergraduate, her international relations degree concentrates on Culture and Politics, and as a student at CCAS she hopes to continue her study of these intersections in the Arab World. A Palestinian-American, Yasmeen’s identity and experiences in Palestine significantly shape her academic and professional interests. In the summer of 2018, she founded an arts-based youth program titled “Sawtek al’Aalam” (Arabic for “Your Voice is the World”) in her mother’s hometown, providing free-of-charge summer arts programming for children in her community. She also interned for the United Nations Relief and Works Agency (UNRWA) in Palestine, where her work focused on youth educational and psychosocial support in refugee communities. In addition, Yasmeen has studied in Morocco through the U.S. Department of State’s Critical Language Scholarship, as well as in Tunisia through the School for International Training.