Stanford Scholars of the Arab World

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Rachel Antonsen is completing her senior year at Stanford University, majoring in Middle Eastern History. She is currently writing an honors thesis about the mobilization of protests by farming and fishing residents of Cairo’s Nile islands, al-Dahab, al-Warraq, and al-Qursaya, against government eviction, based on fieldwork and archival research she conducted in Cairo during 2010-11. The summer research was supported by a VPUE Major Grant, and she studied Arabic for the remainder of the year as a Center for Arabic Study Abroad fellow. She has studied Arabic both at Stanford and at the Middlebury Arabic School and UC Berkeley’s intensive summer Arabic program. Her research interests include popular social movements, Muslim immigrants in Germany, and food security in MENA. She intends to pursue graduate work in Middle Eastern Studies, and is interested in exploring both policy and teaching Arabic at elementary school through college levels.