24-year-old American living in Cairo. My primary interest and field is modern Middle Eastern politics; while I specialized in Hamas and Hizballah in university, I’ve been increasingly learning and writing about Egypt since I moved here a little over a year ago. I’ve been lucky enough to travel the world from a young age; I’m a huge nerd for languages and language history (I speak Spanish near-fluently and Egyptian Arabic well enough to get around day to day and have simple conversations. I’ve studied many more, but most of them have fallen by the wayside with lack of practice).
I wrote a BA thesis that was an attempt at creating a new approach to understanding Hamas and Hizballah, one that I hope could be more clear-eyed and productive than most of the ways we in the U.S. look at them now. I called it “parallel government theory” and it was nominated for a prize once. You can learn more about that here.
I’m also a fan of a lot of highfalutin academic theory (political science, anthropology, governmentality, et. al.), analyzing pop culture as text, unironically enjoying pop culture, obscure hipster music, sci-fi, a cappella, any story involving girls with big shiny weapons, comic books, and social justice. I am a feminist, and I am currently looking for work, preferably in the NGO world.