Born in Bermuda and raised in South Florida, I’ve also lived in Philadelphia, New Haven, Los Angeles, New York, Amman, Doha, Cairo and Atlanta. Committedly interdisciplinary, I bring this same wide-ranging, global analysis to my work to scrutinize the construction of racial identities, stereotypes and oppresion within global, intersectional and relational frames.
Support for my research has come from a variety of sources, including The Fulbright Program, Foreign Language and Area Studies Fellowship, Calouste Gulbenkian Foundation, New School Institute for Critical Social Inquiry, Dr. Philip M. Kayal Fund for Arab American Research, Loeb Institute for Religious Freedom, Institute for Middle East Studies, Bentley Historical Library, and Armenian General Benevolent Union, among others.
I’m a committed “joiner” and am currently serving on the Board of Directors of the Yale Arab Alumni Association, Yale GALA (Yale’s Lesbian Gay Bisexual Transgender Alumni Association), Whiffenpoofs of Yale University, Yale Alumni Task Force on Disability, and SAG-AFTRA National MENA Committee. I recently completed a three-year term on the Yale Alumni Association Board of Governors, for whom I helped created an Equity and Inclusion Standing Committee. I am also currently the interim Executive Director of Y-Apply, a nonprofit devoted to college access for public school students of color.
When I’m not working, I balance my incorrigible sweet tooth (and existential dread) with my love for boutique fitness, hiking, and as much art as I can find.