Anita comes to The Markaz from Princeton University where she has been teaching Arabic as Lecturer in the Near Eastern Studies department. Prior to her position at Princeton, she spent five years teaching at Arabic programs in the US, including at the University of Texas at Austin and at Georgia State University. Earlier, she served as Director of the Arabic House at UT Austin, an off-campus cooperative and immersive living experience for undergraduates where she worked with staff and funders to create a vision for the house and launch its programs, integrating experiences for students, staff, faculty, and visiting speakers and scholars.
Anita received her BA in Middle Eastern and South Asian Studies from Emory University, spent two years in the Peace Corps as a health education volunteer in Morocco, and then received her MA in Arabic Studies from the University of Texas at Austin. Just before the Arab Uprisings, Anita held a fellowship in Cairo, Egypt with the Center for Arabic Studies Abroad where she served as the personal translator and interpreter for the president of Al-Alzhar University, Ahmed Al-Tayib, before and during his transition from university president to Sheikh of Al-Azhar.
Anita has over fourteen years experience in academia, holding leadership positions, serving as a resident director, advising student groups, creating spaces for students to build community, and planning programs and events. Throughout Anita’s career, beginning in her undergraduate days at Emory, she has been committed to developing partnerships and alliances in order to build community and, in particular, negotiate competing visions and perspectives.