Students

Rohan Advani

Rohan Advani

2nd year student

Email: ra2465@nyu.edu

Rohan graduated from Georgetown University in 2016 with a B.S. in Foreign Service, where he majored in Regional and Comparative Studies (Middle East) and focused on themes broadly relating to political economy and economic history. He also studied Arabic in both Jordan and Morocco. His undergraduate thesis examined free trade zones in Palestine and their effect on development. His research and academic interests include class formation, state formation, migrant labour, and the spatial aspects of global capitalism. Outside of academics and other exercises in self-imposed misery, there’s nothing he loves more than laying down funky bass lines.

Orubba Almansouri

Orubba Almansouri

2nd year student

Email: oaa234@nyu.edu

Orubba Almansouri is a native of Yemen. In 2016, she graduated with Honors as Salutatorian of the City College of New York with a B.A in History and English. As a Mellon Mays Fellow she worked on researching the intersection of oral traditions and literature in the works of Yemeni author Nadia Al-Kokabani and the importance of oral poetry and folklore in Yemen. Orubba aims to continue her journey in learning how Muslim women plot themselves into history and their contributions to and roles in oral traditions and cultures of the Middle East. Going through this journey as a scholar and creative writer she aspires to discover her inner stories in the process of documenting and preserving the rich Yemeni folklore. Orubba will utilize her education at the Kevorkian center to prepare for a doctoral degree in Middle Eastern and Islamic studies focusing on the Arabian Peninsula, and to continue advocating for girls education and social justice.

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Adham Alok

1st year Student

Email: aa173@nyu.edu

Adham graduated from the University of Aleppo with B.A. in Law. In the summer of 2016, he visited both Lebanon and Syria where in Syria he worked with local grass-roots organizations that help internal displaced families.  His academic interests are political theory, contemporary Syrian politics, political economy, globalization, forced migration, and Islamic movements. He work at New York University, Division of Libraries /Middle Eastern Collection.

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Saghar Bozorgi

2nd year student

Email: smb776@nyu.edu

Saghar Bozorgi graduated in 2013 with a BA degree in sociology at University of Tehran. In 2014-2015 academic year, she attended a one-year MA program in political Science at Central European university in Budapest. In her BA and MA theses, she focused on the “problem” of democracy in the history of Modern Iran. She wrote about the experience of Democracy in Mosaddegh’s Government (1951-53) for her undergraduate thesis, and her MA thesis entitled “The Ideal of Election: norms of a “proper” election in the first Iranian parliament (1906-1908)” focused on one aspect of democracy in an earlier period. In this thesis, she tried to understand these norms from the perspective of the actors of the time. Her interests other than the history of modern Iran include different forms and meanings of wearing hijab, sexual anxieties, and interpretive historical methods.

Annabel Bruno

Annabel Bruno

2nd  year student

Email: arb698@nyu.edu

Annabel Bruno is a Vermonter according to most. She graduated in 2013 with honors and distinction from McGill University with a B.A. in International Development Studies and a minor in Middle Eastern Languages. Her research interests touch upon issues of settler-colonialism, gender, whiteness, and the politics of solidarity and activism and are inspired by experiences in Palestine, Jordan, Toronto and elsewhere. Outside of school she is excited to learn about NYC, practice Arabic and get involved in community organizing.

Miray Cakiroglu

Miray Cakiroglu

2nd  year student

Email: mc6269@nyu.edu

Miray Cakiroglu graduated from Bogazici University in 2010 with a BA degree in Western Languages and Literatures and a double major in Philosophy with High Honors. She completed her MA in Critical and Cultural Studies in 2014 at the same university with her thesis titled “Reconstructing the City and the Urban Citizen through the ‘Istanbul Courses’”. Investigating the Istanbul course books in terms of their world construct, conception of history and urban identity, she argued that the city is defined as a ‘postcard space’ and the urban citizen is expected to perform the roles of a spectator, tourist, and a tourist guide. Miray worked as a research assistant at Istanbul Bilgi University, Department of Arts and Cultural Management. She is also a published poet with her book Taslarin Sesi Kesildi, which won the Yasar Nabi Nayir Poetry Prize in 2014. She regularly writes on art, society and literature for the Turkish literary magazine Varlik. Her research interests include modern Turkey, sociology of the Middle East, and ethnographic methods

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Jordan Daniels

2nd year student

Email: jd3289@nyu.edu

Jordan Daniels graduated from Georgetown University in 2012 with a B.S. in Foreign Service. She has completed Arabic training in Amman, Jordan, and Cairo, Egypt, through the Critical Languages Scholarship (CLS) program and Center for Arabic Study Abroad (CASA) fellowship, respectively. Prior to joining the Kevorkian Center, she worked for a development implementer based in Turkey providing food, medical, and logistical assistance to communities in Syria. Her research interests broadly include the modern history of Iraq, Syria, and Turkey, as well as Kurdish and Turkmen participation in the Syrian conflict.

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Yasmeen Mobayed

Yasmeen Mobayed

2nd year student

Email: yom208@nyu.edu

Yasmeen Mobayed graduated from the University of California, San Diego in 2015 with a degree in Ethnic Studies. Her thesis, "Education Under Siege: Learning Beyond Trauma", focused on community-based psychosocial programs offered to traumatized youth living under siege in Damascus. Beyond her academic work, she has translated extensively for several grassroots organizations and for the Local Coordination Committees of Syria. In 2012, she joined a humanitarian relief trip to Northern Syria to provide aid to refugee camps and to meet with local councils. She is broadly interested in migrant labor movements, neoliberalism, class formations, gender, and sexuality and hopes to explore these themes at NYU.

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Fatima Mohie-Eldin

2nd year student

Email: fme224@nyu.edu

Fatima Mohie-Eldin graduated Magna Cum Laude from Boston University in 2015, where she majored in International Relations. With minors in Religion and Muslim Societies as well, she chose to research the intersection of Islamism and politics in Egypt for her award-winning senior honors thesis, which focused on the Salafist Nour Party, including the party's religious underpinnings, formation, and prospects for future political participation. She has had excerpts of her research published on Muftah.org and in the Al Noor Journal of Middle Eastern Studies at Boston College. Fatima is excited to be joining the Hagop Kevorkian Center where she hopes to focus her future research on the role of women and gender in Middle Eastern societies, the intersections of state and civil society, Islam and politics, and the social role of religious communities, particularly within Egypt and Turkey, where she previously lived from 2013-2014.

Loubna Mrie

Loubna Mrie

2nd year student

Email: lm3127@nyu.edu

Loubna Mrie is a Syrian activist who participated in the initial stages of the revolution. She later became a photojournalist with Reuters based in Aleppo, where she covered the ongoing conflict in the Idlib, Aleppo, Latakia, and Hama governorates. Originally from the Syrian coastal city of Jableh, she is currently based in New York City where she is a researcher and commentator on Syrian and Middle Eastern affairs. Her work has been published in the Washington Post, Foreign Affairs, Foreign Policy, Foreign Policy, the New Republic, among other publications.

Saba Nassem

Saba Nassem

2nd year student

Email: sn2241@nyu.edu

Saba Naseem graduated from the University of Arkansas with a B.A. in Journalism (with a concentration in the Middle East) and French. Her interest in Western media coverage of the Middle East led to an honors thesis that looked at the depictions of Muslim and Arab women in American print media post 9/11. Saba’s passion for Arabic took her twice to Morocco (Tangier and Rabat) and later to Amman, Jordan through the Critical Language Scholarship program. After graduation, Saba worked for the Smithsonian Magazine in Washington, D.C. and most recently completed a Fulbright English Teaching Assistantship in Turkey. Her research interests include gender-based violence and forced migration and she looks forward to continuing her studies in Arabic.

Isaac Oseas

Isaac Oseas

2nd year student

Email: io429@nyu.edu

Isaac Oseas majored in History and minored in Economics at The New School, and was published in the academic journal Economia Politica for a review of book “The Battle of Bretton Woods” by Benn Steil. For his undergraduate thesis, he wrote on the economic factors behind national self-determination movements in the late Ottoman Empire. Isaac has since worked as a journalist writing on developments in Turkish politics, as well as the NYPD’s surveillance of Muslims. His academic interests include: economic development, international relations in Central Asia, and nationalism. Outside of academia, he enjoys antiwar literature, early jazz music, and Halloween.

Libby Perkowski

Libby Perkowski

2nd year student

Email: lp1556@nyu.edu

A New York City native, Libby graduated magna cum laude from Georgetown University, where she studied Chinese, Italian and Art History. She worked in private equity for several years before embarking on a year-long solo backpacking trip around the world, which took her to Turkey, Jordan, Egypt and Morocco. In 2010, Libby moved to Istanbul, where she lived and worked for three years before returning to New York to work in international higher education. Libby’s interests include modern Turkish society and politics and how the current global geopolitical landscape is impacting national identity in former imperial powers, in particular Turkey and China.

Alisa Rudy

Alisa Joyce Rudy

2nd year student

Email: ajr679@nyu.edu

Alisa graduated summa cum laude from the CUNY Baccalaureate Program for Interdisciplinary Studies at the City University of New York with a B.A. in both Middle East Studies and World Literature. Her senior thesis focused on Mizrahi Jews and their integration into Israeli society and politics. She hopes to expand her study of minorities within Israeli and Palestinian societies and communities, as well as the cultural products of such dynamics. Raised in Brooklyn, New York, she speaks Hebrew, Italian and Arabic, the latter upon which she hopes to improve during her time at Kevo. She does not like any kind of chocolate.

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Ezel Sahinkaya

2nd year student

Email: es4288@nyu.edu

Ezel graduated in 2016 from Boğaziçi University with a BA degree in Political Science and International Relations. During her undergraduate years, she gained experience in the two worlds of research: academia and journalism. She worked as a student assistant for Turkish Politics class, and led discussion sessions for political science sophomores. She was a research assistant for Prof. Hakan Yılmaz in his project of “Frames, Meanings, Actions: Political Choices in Modern Turkey”. She also carried out multiple internships in media. She worked in the national daily Cumhuriyet, TEMPO magazine, +1 TV and t24.com.tr and wrote various stories on political developments in Turkey and abroad. She spent her summer of 2015 in Budapest, Hungary with an internship at Center for Independent Journalism. Her research interests include broad topics as political regime in Turkey, Syrian refugees and their perception on integration to Turkey.

Jessica Salley

Jessica Salley

2nd year student

Email: jcs795@nyu.edu

Jessica Salley is a first-year student in the joint Journalism and Near Eastern Studies program. Jessica graduated in 2014 from Harvard College with a degree in History and Near Eastern Languages and Civilizations, with a focus on the history of the Ottoman Empire and the early Turkish Republic. Following graduation, she held a fellowship at Dumbarton Oaks in Washington, D.C., where she created academic and outreach programming for elementary, high school, and undergraduate students. At NYU, she will study national identity and urban space Turkey.

Shandana Waheed

Shandana Waheed

2nd year student

Email: sw3537@nyu.edu

Shandana graduated from Forman Christian College in Lahore, Pakistan in spring 2016 with double majors in history and political science and a minor in sociology. She joins the Kevorkian Center as the 7th Falak Sufi Memorial Scholar. She interned with Punjab archives in the summer of 2015 and later became a part of the pilot study team for the archives digitalization project. She worked at Forman from 2014 to 2015. Her undergrad thesis was a theoretical study of lost cultural identity of post-colonial Punjab in the light of Fanon and Nandy. She is mainly interested in partition narratives, the post colonial state of Pakistan and the politics & culture of language, traditions, festivals, folklores, oral history and cinema. She aims to pursue a doctorate to pursue her interests in Punjab in the context of decolonization and the comparative study of south Asia and other post colonial states as well as contribute towards women empowerment through education in the region.

Michael Wilson

Michael Wilson

2nd year student

Email: mrw411@nyu.edu

Michael Wilson grew up in the small town of Chino, California. He graduated from the University of California, Santa Barbara in 2016 with a degree in Middle East Studies and a minor in History. He has spent his time as an working with groups on issues of social equality and spent time in the Palestinian Territories teaching English. His area of study and interest is in the Levant region of the Middle east, more specifically Palestine/Israel, its history, and its policies on education. He enjoys running, being outdoors, playing the saxophone, and food.