For the last five years, Cassie’s academic and professional career has been driven by an intense interest in the Middle East and the broader Muslim World. Before coming to Stanford, she worked as the Engagement and Outreach Associate at Golden Thread Productions, the Bay Area’s only theatre focused on stories from and about the Middle East. In this position, Cassie worked closely with various MENA communities in the Bay Area, and has had the pleasure of connecting audiences to art that celebrates the Muslim world, and reflects the diversity of perspectives within the region. In 2012, she graduated with honors from San Francisco State University with a BA in history, with a focus on the Levant, a minor in Middle Eastern and Islamic Studies, and over three years of Arabic language studies. In addition, she participated in San Jose State’s Arabic Summer Language Intensive on full scholarship, and completed Birzeit University’s Palestinian and Arabic Studies program.