education & development

Nearly 5 years working on education & development in multiple capacities: teaching, academic & field research, project design & implementation, curriculum development. Experience in Morocco, Jordan, Lebanon, & Washington, DC. Areas of interest/specialty include gender in the Arab world, literacy, culture & development, and rights-based approaches to development. 

Women's Rights Education in Jordan, Fulbright Student Research Grant, 2012-13

  • Ethnographic study of rights education for Jordanian women, including participant observation of classes and workshops & key informant interviews
  • Additional research partners: Jordanian Ministry of Education's Nonformal Education Program & the NGO We Love Reading
  • Interned with the King Hussein Foundation's Information and Research Center

  English & Photography Teacher/Curriculum Writer, LEAP Program, Beirut, Lebanon, 2012-13

  • Taught two classes of English and one photography class daily to Palestinian youth (Summer 2012)
  • Co-wrote and edited a section of LEAP English curriculum, including a section on teaching language through song (January-May 2013)

Photographs taken by youth participants were exhibited in Washington, DC, as a part of the DC Palestinian Film & Arts Festival in Fall 2012.

Graduate Fellow & Research Assistant, Berkley Center, Georgetown University, Washington, DC, 2010-12

  • Lead author of a report on religion & maternal mortality; reviews the work of faith-inspired leaders, communities, and organizations, a component often neglected in traditional accounts of global development processes. The report was used as the background paper for a technical meeting as a part of the "Advancing Dialogue on Maternal Health" series of the Global Health Initiative at the Woodrow Wilson Center for International Scholars
  • Wrote a teaching case study on cultural and religious dimensions of FGC (focus on Egypt) and piloted the case study in an undergraduate course on global development. The goal of the study is to highlight opportunities and pitfalls of approaches to the issue, offering a range of perspectives
  • Provided general support (research, syllabus development) to a School of Foreign Service professor specializing in gender, religion, and global development

Adult Literacy Tutor, Washington Literacy Center, Washington, DC, 2011-12

  • Met weekly throughout the academic year with an adult literacy student and developed individualized learning plan covering basic literacy as well as computer and other practical skills

Teaching Assistant, Department of Arabic & Islamic Studies, Georgetown University, Spring 2011, Fall 2014, AY 2014-15, 2015-16

  • Graded assignments and assisted professor in Modern Standard Arabic instruction (beginning and intermediate levels)

Peace Corps Volunteer, Morocco, 2007-09

  • Worked with weavers in rural community development association to improve product quality and access new markets
  • Wrote and administered USAID Small Project Assistance grant funding two workshops in natural dyeing and new weaving techniques, led by Moroccan artisans
  • Organized, funded, and co-directed a summer camp for rural Moroccan youth with Moroccan-led activities in the arts and health education
  • Chaired Gender & Development Committee; duties included designing and conducting trainings in gender analysis for 40 other volunteers
  • Worked with a team to redesign and implement new training workshop in sexual harassment issues for volunteers

I documented the 27 months I spent living in southern Morocco on a weblog, and later conducted research on the history of the Peace Corps' approach to culture in its training programs, briefly summarized here.

Reporter & Editor, Rehabilitation International, UN Ad Hoc Committee on International Convention on Disability Rights, New York, NY, January 2006

  • Wrote and edited legal-style summaries of committee proceedings, distributed to disability NGOs worldwide to facilitate their participation in the treaty drafting process
  • Previous involvement with the drafting process at its meetings in 2003 and 2004 included providing administrative/logistical support to participating NGOs and advocates

 Research Intern, London Sustainability Exchange, Forum for the Future, London, UK, Summer 2005

  • Produced collection of case studies and brief summarizing successful sustainability programs in a range of cultural communities in London, based on interviews and workshop discussions
  • Wrote evaluation of sustainability initiative at the London Muslim Centre based on participant feedback