School: UC Davis
Sponsor: South Bay Islamic Association (SBIA) Scholarship
Bio: Jamil Jan Kochai is a graduate student in the Masters in English program at UC Davis. His academic interests include short fiction, postcolonial literature, postmodern philosophy, and critiques of orientalism. After finishing his M.A., Jamil intends to earn his Ph.D. in literature with an emphasis upon postcolonial theory.
Jamil graduated magna cum laude from California State University, Sacramento in 2014 with a bachelor’s degree in English. While attending CSUS, Jamil was selected as the recipient of the Dean’s Award for the College of Arts and Letters and was nominated as the “Outstanding Senior” for the English Department. He has also served as the dawah coordinator for the CSUS Muslim Student’s Association, and during his time with the MSA, he coordinated poetry events, film nights, halaqas, larger lectures, and charity collections.
Jamil is also a writer. He has been published in smaller collegiate magazines, fiction anthologies, and has won five Bazzanella Literary Awards for his fiction, creative nonfiction, and poetry. His creative work often centers upon the history of his family and of Afghanistan at large.
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