Currently, I’m a Ph.D. candidate in Religious Studies at the University of Pennsylvania, finishing my dissertation, titled Pious Praise Poetry: Emotions, Piety, and the Making of the Medieval Islamic Subject.
I have taught undergradaute courses at Brooklyn College - City University of New York (CUNY) and the University of Pennsylvania. I have also designed and delivered workshops on inclusive and equitable pedagogy at the Center for Teaching and Learning at Penn.
Beyond my own research and teaching, I use my training in Islamic visual and material culture, especially manuscripts, as well as my expertise in Arabic, Persian, and Turkic languages to work as consultant and translator with musuems and libraries, on digital humanities programs (e.g. Unstable Archives), and for research projects.
I have a master’s degree in Arabic and Islamic Studies (my concentration was Arabic literary history) from the Near Eastern Languages and Civilizations department, and another one in Religious Studies, both from Penn. I received my undergraduate degree in Philosophy and Near Eastern Intellectual History from the CUNY Baccalaureate for Unique and Interdisciplinary Studies.