2nd year student
Asad is a native Brooklynite who graduated New York University with a Bachelor’s of Science in Social Work in 2016 with a focus on community organizing, and is at NYU once again, this time for a Master’s in Near (Middle) Eastern Studies.
Asad's academic interests include: political theory; the nexus between religion, law, and society; Muslim and Jewish intellectual, spiritual, legal, and theological history; the effects of modernity on the social, religious, and political arrangements of the Middle East and the broader Muslim world; the negotiation (or lack thereof) between the traditional/religious and the modern/secular; and state-building/formations in the Middle East and South Asia.
Because he comes from a community organizing and non-profit background, he is always interested in seeing how he can make his work intersect meaningfully with the lives of everyday people. Asad is proficient in Arabic, Urdu, and Hebrew, and hopes to begin studying Farsi and German in the coming year. He hopes that his time at Kevo will help him explore that possibility.