Hi! I'm a PhD candidate in Sociocultural Anthropology at UCLA whose research addresses the legacy of Lebanon's Jewish community and their spaces post-Civil War (1975-90). Broadly, I am interested in questions of collective & nationalist narratives and memory, space/place, embodiment, and "otherness" in the body politic, particularly in the Middle East. I received my MA from New York University in Near Eastern Studies (2014) and my BA from Smith College in Religion (2012).
Beyond the academy, I contribute to cultural journals and travel platforms in ways that challenge typical narratives of tourism by engaging with the complexities of places and people, demonstrating through storytelling that the cultural is always and inextricably political. I write to reveal both a common humanity and to analyze the power dynamics in travel encounters by, as the anthropological adage goes, making the strange familiar and the familiar strange.
Other things that strike my fancy include my cat, growing plants in what little space urban dwelling allows, and being kind of obsessed with skincare. I am currently based in Beirut, Lebanon.