"I am a scholar of the Middle East, author, and a journalist with degrees in each of these fields. I graduated with a B.A. in Journalism in 2006 and in 2011 I earned an MFA degree in Creative Writing from Indiana University Bloomington. Following that, I joined the PhD in Islamic Studies program at Georgetown University for the academic year Fall 2011-Spring 2012. After spending a year at Georgetown, however, I transferred to the PhD program in Near Eastern Languages and Cultures at Indiana Unive"