Eric graduated with a B.A. in Historical and Middle Eastern Studies from Bard College, where he focused on history, literature, and Arabic. For his senior thesis, Eric studied the Trans-Arabian Pipeline Company and its relationship with Syria following the Second World War. In the thesis, he reexamined the constitution of American power in the early years of the postcolonial period in the Middle East. Upon graduating from Bard, Eric received a Davis Project for Peace Fellowship, with which he used to develop a structured English language curriculum at the Mazi Center for refugees on Samos Island, Greece. He then went on to work as the Education Coordinator for an Arabic and English language school in Gaziantep, Turkey. At NYU, Eric is studying migration and border zones through the lens of urban studies. In the summer of 2022, Eric conducted qualitative research in Samos, Greece, exploring how the location and design of the island’s camp impact refugees’ mobility on the island and within Greece. That same summer, he also worked as a research intern for an refugee-advocacy organization based in Rome, Italy. During his last year at NYU, Eric hopes to deepen his knowledge of urban studies and how the field interacts with questions of mobility, displacement, and political economy.