I am currently the Associate Director of Composition, at both the George Mason University home campus and at the branch campus in Songdo, South Korea & coordinator and instructor in the Graduate Writing Across the Disciplines courses for INTO Mason, Mason’s pathway program for graduate and undergraduate international students.
I was born in Beirut, Lebanon, during the civil war to a Lebanese father and American mother. When I was four years old, my family fled to the neighboring island of Cyprus where I grew up in a community of refugees from surrounding countries. As a bi-cultural, bi-national child from a post-colonial context, I grew up with English, Arabic, and French as native languages and Greek as a second language. These intercultural, translingual experiences inspired me to pursue a BA in English with a concentration in Cultural Studies, and an MFA in Creative Nonfiction at George Mason University. I graduated from the MFA program in 2006. My thesis, which I hope to continue working on someday, is titled “A Block from Bliss Street: Growing up as a child of the Lebanese civil war.” I am currently pursuing a PhD in Writing and Rhetoric also at Mason, where I served as the Associate Director of the Writing Center for five years until I transitioned to my current position as Associate Director of Composition for Multilingual Writers.
My research and publications have focused on the experiences of multilingual writers adapting to the expectations of the U.S. academy, faculty perceptions of writing by multilingual students, and designing writing courses that are attuned to the diverse needs of this population. I am currently working on an autoethnography that aims to explore and theorize individual experiences of trauma and displacement.