Major: Political Science
School: George Mason University
Sponsor: Safari/Heidari-Bateni Fund
Ayah Ibrahim is a Ph.D. candidate in Political Science at George Mason University. She received a B.A. in Government and Middle East Studies from the College of William and Mary, and an M.A. in International Relations from George Mason University. She has worked with the Center for the Study of Islam and Democracy and spoken at several academic conferences and at the Woodrow Wilson Center. While a doctoral student, she has served as a graduate teaching assistant for a range of courses at different levels. She has also worked as a graduate research assistant to a top scholar on Political Islam and with George Mason University’s state lobbyists. Ayah is the recipient of George Mason’s Dean’s Challenge Fellowship for 2011-2012 recognizing exceptional graduate students who have excelled while making academically-challenging choices. Her research interests include American Muslims, interest groups, Political Islam, Middle East politics, and civil society organizations.
Prior to her doctoral studies, she worked with several advocacy organizations, including One Economy, American-Arab Anti-Discrimination Committee, and the Muslim Public Affairs Council. She is also an author for the book “I Speak for Myself.”
Ayah is a Graduate Teaching and Research Assistant at George Mason University.