Dona Abbadi

Dona Abbadi

Dona works at the Royal Film Commission, having previously studied philosophy and literature. She is interested in the intersection of French theory and European film, and will be curating a film series on the history of cinema. Her research revolves around Western and Islamic philosophy at the turn of the first millennium. She is currently working on a collection of short stories.

Ethics and Exile '17 - writer/prisoner '19 - Grammar of the Soul '20

Sufian Ahmad

Sufian Ahmad

Sufian is an art historian and web developer. He works at the online platform 7iber.com, as well as in his own consultancy, in the field of web development. Through various venues, academic and otherwise, he has created innovative projects on the history, architecture, and society of the Islamicate and Arab world.

Identity Politics '16 - Islam and Critical Theory '16

Mona Alzghoul

Mona Alzghoul

Mona is an interdisciplinary artist based in Canada. Her practice involves navigating voids in personal and collective identity, memory, loss/modes of mourning, legacy, nationalism, and estrangement. At the Institute and through other venues in Amman, she has sought to reconcile the notion of belonging in a third space, not that of ancestors, birthplace, or current place of being, but a mobile centre that has no physical space.

Ethics and Exile '17

Oumeima Bouchlaka

Oumeima Bouchlaka

Oumeima graduated from the Arab Open University with a master's degree in English Literature. Her dissertation was a comparative analysis of Pablo Nerudo and Mahmoud Darwish, with a particular focus on their respective constructions of national identity in poetry. She has worked as an English teacher in Qatar and now spends her time researching Palestinian literature in preparation for a PhD.

Literature and Critical Theory '16 - Islam and Critical Theory '16

Ismael Ghananim

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Ismael is a doctoral candidate at Ca' Foscari University of Venice in Italy. His current research in Amman combines methods from literary geography and sociology of literature.

writer/prisoner '19

Noor Jaljuli

Noor Jaljuli

Noor is a student at the University of Jordan, where she studies English Literature. She is currently pursuing a career in translation and literary editing. An award-winning spoken word artist, she is also passionate about writing and hopes to cultivate her literary practice after graduating.

Literature and Critical Theory '16 - Ethics and Exile '17 - Grammar of the Soul '20

Tariq Adely

Tariq Adely

Tariq Adely is a translator and journalist. He graduated from Brown in 2014 with a BA in Comparative Literature, focusing on translation of contemporary Spanish and Latin American poetry. He is interested in performative speech, semiotics, and theories of translation. He hopes to introduce works of Arabic literature to English-speaking audiences.

Islam and Critical Theory '16 - Ethics and Exile '17 -writer/prisoner '19

Wafiqa Almasri

Wafiqa Almasri

Wafiqa is an Arabic language instructor at Sijal Institute in Amman, having received degrees in Literature and Cultural Studies from the Hashemite University. She is intererested in psychoanalysis, literary criticism, and the work of Franz Kafka. In January of 2018, she will begin a masters degree in English literature at the University of Liverpool.

Psychoanalysis '16 - Aesthetic Theory '16

Omar Battikhi

Omar Battikhi

Omar works at the Sijal Institute for Arabic Language and Culture, where he administers and teaches courses in Arabic to students who possess a foreign language. A graduate of the American University in Beirut, he is currently completing a historical novel in Arabic on a Lebanese political faction in the 1980s. When the opportunity arises, he applies his professional voice-over skills on Arabic specials for Al-Jazeera and National Geographic.

Aesthetic Theory '16 - Social Science '18 - writer/prisoner '19

Yvonne Buchheim

Yvonne Buchheim

Yvonne is an artist and arts educator based in Cairo. She has exhibited artwork internationally and been involved in developing several educational programs in the UK and the Arab world, including the Cairo Institute for the Liberal Arts and Sciences and Amman's Spring Sessions.

Ethics and Exile '17

Jessica Holland

Jessica Holland

Jessica is an archivist and graduate student at SOAS. She received her BA from the University of Cambridge, where her dissertation explored the fate of a seminal piece of modern architecture in Beirut. In Amman, she has interned at the Khalid Shoman Foundation and ACOR. She is particularly interested in the history and practice of artistic conservation.

Aesthetic Theory '16 - Ethics and Exile '17

Dima Masri

Dima Masri

Dima is a writer, translator, and researcher based in Amman. She received a master’s degree from Harvard University’s Graduate School of Education.

writer/prisoner '19 - Grammar of the Soul '20

Ruba Ahmad

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Ruba is a policy analyst at the United Nations Refugee Agency in Amman, having graduated with a degree in political science from the University of Texas. She is interested in the history, theory, and practice of socioeconomic development in the Arab world, specifically thinking about transformation outside the traditional institution.

Identity Politics '16 - Islam and Critical Theory '16 - Ethics and Exile '17

Yusur Al-Salman

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Yusur is an Iraqi intersectional feminist. She is comlpeting a master's degree in sociology at SOAS, having graduated from the University of Essex in 2015 with a BA in Politics and Sociology. Her research interests include displacement and collective memory, radical forms of governance, the history of minorities within nation-states, and post-conflict reconstruction.

Philosophy of Culture '15 - Identity Politics '16

Michele Balon

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​MIchelle graduate from Hunter College in New York with degrees in Arabic and Human Rights. While pursuing further Arabic studies in Amman, she became a freelance translator for humanitarian and legal initiatives based in Jordan. In the fall of 2017, she began a master's degree in Berlin.

Ethics and Exile '17

Caroline Boas

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Caroline studied International Politics and Psychology at Roskilde University in Denmark. In Amman, she is completing a communications and marketing internship at Global Platform Jordan. During her studies, she pursued the philosophical, sociological and aesthetic dimensions of world politics and how individuals in society are informed by those dimensions in their everyday lives. 

Identity Politics '16

Brent Eng

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Brent is undertaking a doctoral program in Anthropology at Berkeley, having studied literature at Williams College and the University of Oxford. He was based in Amman for two years where he reported on the political economy of the Syrian crisis. His research focuses on how the provision of welfare becomes a site of contestation for competing understandings of state, community, and religion for the Syrian regime.

Philosophy of Culture '15

Haifa Hourani

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Haifa graduated from the City University of New York with a degree in Political Science. She spent several years working with refugees in Iraq and Jordan, building a wealth of experience in the non-governmental and international sectors. Her research focuses on the cultural and memorial dimensions of exile, as well as the generational effects of physical displacement on social life, with an eye towards Palestine.

Philosophy of Culture '15 - Identity Politics '16 - Aesthetic Theory '16

Janna Aladdin

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Janna is currently a master's student at NYU, where she is studying Middle Eastern history. She has undertaken research on mass incarceration in the United States on Japanese internment during World War II and became interested in the relationship between the security state, "othering", and exile. At the Institute, she explores how ideas of health place one in exile.

Islam and Critical Theory '16

Raneem Asad

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Raneem is a lawyer based in Amman. She received undergraduate and graduate degrees in International Law from King's College London. She is interested in the possibility - and limitations - of using established law as a means of curtailing humanitarian abuse internationally.

Ethics and Exile '17 - writer/prisoner '19

Dina Baslan

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Dina is an independent researcher and consultant, as well as a PhD candidate at the University of Bath, having received degrees in journalism and mass communication from San Jose State University. Her current work engages the plight of refugees in Jordan as they live at the helm of, and challenge, governmental and international assistance programs.

Ethics and Exile '17

Jana Daoud

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Jana is currently undertaking a masters degree in law in London, having graduated from Roosevelt University with degrees in Philosophy and International studies. She is an activist with Rajeaa for National Work in Amman, and focuses on education reform and advocacy. Her research focuses on the relationship between refugee rights and humanitarian law.

Identity Politics '16

Gloria Fernandez

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Gloria is currently working for the European Union on humanitarian aid in the region. She holds a graduate degree in political science from the New School for Social Research in New York, and her interests include the formation of identity in an evolving political context and institutional reform in Western developmental structures. She is particularly focused on the history, theory, and politics of refugee agency.

Identity Politics '16 - Islam and Critical Theory '16 - Ethics and Exile '17

Ethan Morton Jerome

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​Ethan is a teacher at King’s Academy, having completed a doctoral dissertation in Cultural Anthropology at the University of Arkansas. His fieldwork focused on Palestinian labor in West Bank settlements.

writer/prisoner '19

Huda Ali

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Huda is a literacy teacher at the International Catholic Migration Commission in Mafraq. The unique teaching experience, along with her academic background (BA in English), has inspired the exploration of the relationship between tradition and religion. Her current research focuses on alternative interpretations of Islamic texts, while her theological aspiration is to restore coherence and integrity to contemporary religious practice.

Philosophy of Culture '15 - Islam and Critical Theory '16 - Aesthetic Theory '16

Nadia Alsaudi

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Nadia is an industrial engineer by training and a human and women's rights activist. Her current work connects practices of liberation in local contexts to the world's problems at a larger scale. Her research interests concern the intersection of feminism, social justice, and critical theory.

Identity Politics '16

Rana Dajani

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Rana is a scientist, teacher, and social entrepreneur. She is an associate professor of Biology at the Hashemite Univerity, where she founded the Center for Service Learning, and a Fellow of the Radcliffe Institute at Harvard University. She has published both scientific papers and editorials about the Arab world in Nature and Science, and  founded "We Love Reading," a grassroots movement aimed at spreading the love of reading internationally.

Islam and Critical Theory '16 - Aesthetic Theory '16 - Ethics and Exile '17

Nasser Hadid

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Nasser works as a program manager for Adam Smith International, where he focuses on international development. He graduated with a BA in Political Science from the American University of Beirut, and is interested in returning to questions of political theory and personal identity in an academic context.

Literature and Critical Theory '16 - Ethics and Exile '17

Owice Hammad

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Owice holds graduate degrees in resource management and engineering from the University of Jordan and Cologne University in Germany, where he was a DAAD Scholar. After working as an engineer for five years, he is pursuing graduate study at the intersection of environmental ethics and critical theory. His research focuses on the environmental impact of international standards for corporate and governmental waste management.

Identity Politics '16 - Aesthetic Theory '16 - Ethics and Exile '17

Alaa Mufleh

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Alaa is a director at the Jordan Entrepreneurship and Innovation Association. She graduated from Georgetown University with a degree in Arab Studies and is passionate about innovative Arab institutions.

writer/prisoner '19

Zaid Alkayed

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Zaid is a medical student at the University of Jordan. He is interested in psychiatry and plans on following graduation by entering a Psychiatry Residency Program. His work at the Institute continues to provide the theoretical and critical background for his clinical pursuit. In addition to medicine, Zaid is interested in meditation and linguistics.

Psychoanalysis '16

Raghda Butros

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Raghda is a social entrepreneur, urban activist, and community advocate. She founded Hamzet Wasel, a platform for reviving and enriching the social fabric of urban communities in the Arab region, and Ruwwad, the first private sector funded non-profit community mobilization organization in Jordan. An Ashoka and Fulbright Fellow, she recently completed an MSc from Columbia University. She is currently working to apply "somatics" in her work with individuals and communities in Amman.

Philosophy of Culture '15 - Kafka Goes to Palestine '18

Tala El-Issa

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Tala is a journalist and writer based in Amman. She graduated from the Lebanese American University with a degree in Communications Arts, and has since pursued editorial work in the Arab world. She is preparing for a master's degree in anthropology in London, and is interested in researching the intersection of identity politics and theories of revolution.

Philosophy of Cultlure '15 - Identity Politics '16

Lina Halaseh

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Lina studied architectural engineering in Jordan and Germany. She is currently a freelance designer, and researches the social and architectural heritage of Jordan, particularly focusing on protecting the architectural identity of two cities: Salt and Amman. At the Institute, she researches the benefits and limitations of a multicultural framework in relation to public and private religious practice.

Philosophy of Culture '15

Ronahi Majdalawi

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Ronahi is an assisant professor at the University of Jordan, having received her PhD in Education with a concentration in Curriculum and Instruction. An active member of the educational community, she regularly designs workshops and courses for high school, college, and graduate students on issues of social engagement and pedagogy.

Identity Politics '16

Sultan Omari

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Sultan is a Labor Market Researcher based in Amman. He has a graduate degree from the Indiana University of Pennsylvania, where he studied Employment and Labor Relations, and a Bachelor of Science in Economics. He is interested in economic theory, sociology, and progressive thought.

Islam and Critical Theory '16 - Ethics and Exile '17 - writer/prisoner '19

Mays Abdel Aziz

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Mays is a researcher and consultant based in Amman, having received degrees in economics and political studies from Sciences Po in Paris. She has worked in the governmental, private, and international sectors. At the Institute, she is is interested in how a critical engagement with issues of identity, nationhood, and literature can inform her work.

Ethics and Exile '17 - writer/prisoner '19

Hani Abdo

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Hani works at the National Democratic Institute in Amman. He holds a BA in English Language and Literature from Al-Aqsa University in Palestine and an MA in European Studies from the Heinrich Heine University of Dusseldorf. His research focuses on the relationship between Palestinian literature in the South American diaspora and within the Occupied Territories.

Philosophy of Culture '15 - Identity Politics '16

Nesreen Barakat

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Nesreen is a former minister in the Jordanian government and a founding partner of To Excel Consulting. Her work focuses on socioeconomic development through the governmental and private sectors. At the Institute, she is in dialogue about creating sustainable structures which avoid the bureaucracy of traditional institutions. 

Islam and Critical Theory '16

Summer Forester

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Summer is a Fulbright Scholar at the Center for Strategic Studies in Amman, having received her Ph.D. in political science at Purdue University. Her research examines the extent to which militarism affects government action on women's rights policies in both Jordan and Morocco, as well as the relationship between women's activism in Jordan and the so-called global women's rights movement.

Philosophy of Culture '15 - Identity Politics '16

Manal Husein

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​Manal works in the field of social development, with experience in the micro, mezzo and macro levels of social programs and NGOs in Jordan. She received an M.Sc in Social Policy and Practice from Columbia University, where she negotiated the role of government and social workers in affecting change on the ground. She loves traveling, cultural exchange, and outdoor activities.

Philosophy of Culture '15

Bothaina Qamar

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Bothaina is a co-founder of Tammey for Youth Development, bringing to the organisation a decade's experience in international and non-goernmental organisations. After receiving an MA in Sustainable International Development from Brandeis University, she has planned and implemented numerous projects in youth development and sexual and reproductive health and rights in the Arab region.

Philosophy of Culture '15 - Identity Politics '16 - Ethics and Exile '17

Rana Abdelhamid

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Rana studied public policy at Harvard University's Kennedy School of Government, having received her BA from Middlebury College. As a Muslim-American growing up in New York City, she confronted both the politicisation of religion and several issues internal to Muslim communities in the West. As a result, she founded WISE, an organization for Muslim women in Europe and the US.

Islam and Critical Theory '16

Kamel Alsharif

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Kamel graduated from New York University in Abu Dhabi, where he majored in Political Science. His thesis focused on the intersection of political violence and state legitimacy in Hezbollah and Hamas. At the Institute, he is interested in appropriating Western notions of government in such a way the local identity is not compromised, whilst government is optimized.

Social Science '18 - writer/prisoner '19

Brittany Cook Barrineau

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Brittany is a Fulbright Scholar in Amman and a Ph.D. candidate in political geography at the University of Kentucky. Her current research focuses on the global politics of small-scale olive oil production in Jordan and the social and economic strategies that farmers employ in order to maintain cultivation of their land.

Philosophy of Culture '15 - Identity Politics '16

Shahd Hamouri

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Shahd received a BA in Law from the University of Jordan, and is now a graduate student in International Law at Sciences Po. An activist with the BDS movement in Jordan, she has worked for the platform 7iber.com and participated in several international initiatives for legal and social reform in the Arab world.

Philosophy of Culture '15 - Identity Politics '16

Hady Matar

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Hady is the Jordan Program Manager of the International Refugee Assistance Project. He has a JD  from  Georgetown University Law Center, where he was a member of the Georgetown Journal of International Law, and a BA in History from Trinity College. He is interested in the legal structure for refugee rights in both the United States and the Middle East.

Islam and Critical Theory '16 - Aesthetic Theory '16 - Ethics and Exile '17

Samar Saeed

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Samar is a teacher, consultant, and activist. She is pursuing a second master's degree from Georgetown University, having graduated from Geroge Mason University and SOAS, where she researched the history of Jordan's neoliberal reforms. In Amman, she taught Global Politics in the International Baccaluereate Program, where she incorporates critical theory into her curricula.

Identity Politics '16 - Islam and Critical Theory '16 - Ethics and Exile '17

Hamza Abuhamdia

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Hamza is an architect and designer based in Amman. He has undertaken a variety of artistic and vernacular projects on the architectural identity of Amman. His current research focuses on identifying and promoting the layered history of Amman's architecture with respect to the influence of Circassion, Armenian, and Palestinian immigrants. In the fall of 2016, he will begin a master's degree at Sciences Po.

Philosophy of Culture '15 - Identity Politics '16

Ruba Asi

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Ruba is freelance architect, having received her degree from the University of Jordan, and a full-time mother. She is interested in the relationship between urbanity, architectural practice, and the religious elements of constructing the public sphere.

Islam and Critical Theory '16

Yara Ghunaim

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Yara is an architect and writer. She works at the firm AE7 and volunteers at the Jordan Open Source Association

writer/prisoner '19

Luna Hasani

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Luna is a lecturer in structural engineering at Al-Ahliyya Amman University. She received her graduate degrees from the University of Sheffield after briefly working in the field of structural design. Her research focuses on the relationships between Arab history, philosophy, and Islam, and she is pursuing a master's degree through night classes at the University of Jordan.

Philosophy of Culture '15 - Identity Politics '16 - Islam and Critical Theory '16 - Ethics and Exile '17

Ruth Van der Muelen

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​Ruth is an intern at the Infrastructure and Camp Improvement Unit in UNRWA. She holds two graduate degrees in architectural engineering and development studies. At the Institute, she is interested in innovative approaches to sustainable development with a view towards the refugee crisis.

Psychoanalysis '16 - Aesthetic Theory '16

Sera Tolgay

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Sera is a graduate student at MIT, where she studies Architecture and Urban Planning. Originally from Istanbul, she worked on urban conservation projects, including the historic peninsula of Istanbul, where she became interested in urban form and social life in Islamic cities. At the Institute, she is interested in considering the merits of pre-modern ways of life, some of which are found in Islamic cities and institutions like waqfs.

Islam and Critical Theory '16

Muhsen Albawab

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Muhsen is a teaching assistant at the German Jordanian University, from where he graduated with a degree in architectural engineering and design. His academic interests revolve around personal identity, history, and aesthetics in the field of architecture. Outside the academy, he has created vernacular projects which reflect on the heritage and urban environment of people living in Amman, with a particular focus on low income housing.

Identity Politics '16 - Aesthetic Theory '16 - Social Science '18

Rand El Haj Hasan

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Rand is an architect with a burgeoning independant practice, having received her master's degree in architecture from the Ecole Nationale Supérieure d'Architecture de Paris-La Villette. She is interested in the relationship between genealogy, design, and architecture, and is planning for a second graduate degree in sociology.

Identity Politics '16

Hasan Hamdan

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Hasan is a teaching assistant and architectural jurist at the German Jordanian University, from where he graduated with a BA in architecture. His research interests revolve around theoretical and conceptual modes of design, particularly as they relate to the notion of freedom, and he is currently pursuing graduate study at the intersection of architecture and aesthetics.

Aesthetic Theory '16

Muna Nimer

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Muna is an architect and independent researcher. She has explored critical theory in her architectural training, and has been expanding her work on the relationship between the public sphere, post-colonial studies, and architecture. Her most recent project has focused on the history of the Arab "public intellectual" in 20th century politics, with a particular emphasis on the role of the public sphere.

Identity Politics '16 - Islam and Critical Theory '16

Maiss Razem

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Maiss is an architect, artist, and academic. She currently lectures at Al-Ahliyya Amman University, and directs the Green Building Committee of the Jordan Engineers Association, having received graduate degrees from the University of Jordan and Virginia Tech. A recipient of the Fulbright Alumni Community Action Grant, she has promoted green healthy homes to younger audiences and curated architectural exhibits.

Philosophy of Culture '15 - Aesthetic Theory '16

Mahmoud Abu AlSamen

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Mahmoud is a clinical pharmacist by academic profession, and an advocate for reforming higher education in Jordan. Through archival and cultural memory research, his work focuses on the modern identity construction of postcolonial minorities in the region, with particular emphasis on the Syriac and Kurdish populations of the Near East. He is planning for a Ph.D on the pre-modern Kurdish communities in the region.

Islam and Critical Theory '16 - Social Science '18

Nahed Al-Marayeh

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Nahed graduated from the Hashemite University with a degree in Genetics, and currently teaches biology in the International Baccalaurette program. Her interest in philosophy stemmed from rethinking the relationship between self and society, on which she has focused her research at the Institute. She participated in conferences on the relationship between science and religion in France and the United States, and is now pursuing graduate study in the humanities.

Philosophy of Culture '15

Nadine Dahleh

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Nadine is a researcher and university guidance counselor. She holds degrees in philosophy and Global Media from AUB in Beirut and SOAS in London. Her research is on the history and practice of philosophy in the twenty first century, as well its relationship to media and communication in the digital age.

Ethics and Exile '17 - Kafka Goes to Palestine '18

Aya Hasan

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Aya is a writer and teacher. She received a Doctor of Pharmacy from the University of Jordan, and is currently a Health, Anatomy and Biology teacher in the International Baccalaureate program, bringing to the natural sciences a mixture of critical pedagogy and philosophy. Her research focuses on the philosophy of religion - particularly theories of religious co-habitation - and the relationship between science and faith.

Philosophy of Culture '15

Alaa Mansour

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Alaa Mansour is a science teacher based in Amman, where she introduces basic epistemological issues to her high school students. She received a BA in geography from the University of Jordan. Her current research revolves around the possibility of knowledge in Kantian philosophy, particularly focusing on the question of bias in epistemology. She plans to pursue a graduate degree in philosophy in the near future.

Philosophy of Culture '15 - Literature and Critical Theory '16

Malek Zuaiter

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Malek is a business developer with Mind Rockets, a tech startup focused on assistive technologies for the deaf. A talented musician and avid reader, he is also interested in the linkages between philosophy, Islam, and modernity.

Islam and Critical Theory '16 - Ethics and Exile '17

Youssef Al-Hameed

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Youssef was born in Damascus, from where he immigrated to Amman in 2013. His formal education in literature was interrupted due to various circumstances. He currently works at Jadal for Culture and Knowledge and organises cultural events, lectures, and film screenings. Philosophy and literature are at the forefrunt of his interests, and he plans to continue with study in the two fields. His research focuses on the relationship between philosophy and healing.

Philosophy of Culture '15

Samar Bandak

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Samar works at Caritas Jordan, where she develops programming for refugees in the the fields of personal awareness, health, and education. She has a B.Sc in Nutrition from the University of Jordan and has completed graduate work in ethics and philosophy at Sophia in Italy, where she researched non-violent resistance in the Civil Rights Movement. She is particularly interested in cultivating the power of a “living community” and its ability to impress change upon the world.

Philosophy of Culture '15 - Identity Politics '16 - Ethics and Exile '17

Jamal Hadidi

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Jamal is a lawyer by profession and an avid reader of philosophical and and psychoanalytical literature. He is interested in questions of authority, individual freedom, and the role of religion in the public sphere.

Psychoanalysis '16

Husni Khalil

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Husni is a senior engineer and consultant based in Amman. He holds a degree in Electrical Power Engineering from Yarmouk University. He is also an artist and dancer who has participated in exhibitions at the Jordan National Gallery of Fine Arts. At the Institute, she has pursued interests in metaphysics, new age science, and meditation.

Psychoanalysis '16 - Ethics and Exile '17

Muhannad Saadi

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Muhannad is a full-time researcher, having previously worked in the private and NGO sectors. He completed a master’s degree in philosophy at Boston College and is preparing a doctoral thesis in the field. His interests include Spinoza, German Idealism, and Merleau-Ponty.

writer/prisoner '19