Received Sylff fellowship in 2019-2021. Academic Supervisor: Dr. Gerda Heck Academic achievements, social engagement initiatives: Fall 2020 Internship with Al Otro Lado, Border Rights Project, Tijuana Mexico
As an American student living in Cairo, I have loved being able to study in a culturally rich and historical city. Through my program at AUC, I have been able to critically engage with regional, as well as global, migration and refugee issues. I am interested in urban refugees, strategies of place-making, border studies, identity, and ideas of citizenship. Currently, my master's thesis explores the ways in which African migrants are organizing themselves in Mexico, once traveling through South and Central America en route to North America. This research entails an emerging migration route from a number of origin countries in Africa to Latin America, with hopes of crossing into or claiming asylum in the US/Canada. The research will explore the strategies of place-making and organizing in urban space under precarious conditions, and how despite tightening international and regional immigration and asylum policies, migrants are contesting the restriction and containment in their everyday confrontations with border regimes.