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Graduate Program Alumni/ae

The MENA Program is proud of its alumni community and we encourage all of our past students to keep in touch. We are delighted to hear your news about post-graduation life, either in the Middle East and North Africa or elsewhere. Please feel free to connect with us on Facebook and Twitter to let us know how you are. Additionally, you are always welcome to stop by our main offices on-campus at any time.


Karima BorniKarima Borni

PhD 2016, Cultural Anthropology

Dissertation Title: “Embodied Authenticity in Moroccan Contemporary Dance”

Current Position: Scholar in Residence, Dance Program, Middlebury College

Karima Borni is a dancer-choreographer and dance studies scholar in the Dance Program at Middlebury College. Her research specialization is in contemporary dance practice and performance in the Middle East and North Africa. In 2008 she founded Ksibah Dance Company, an international initiative to promote dance collaborations in the MENA region. She has worked most extensively in Morocco, teaching and choreographing there for over a decade. She also served in residency on the faculty of the Algerian National Ballet in Algiers, for the Sareyyet Palestinian dance program in the West Bank, for the Ramallah Contemporary Dance Festival, and for dance programs in Beirut, Lebanon and Amman, Jordan. She was the co-chair of Northwestern's MENA Graduate Student Association from 2010-12.


Emma ChubbEmma Chubb

PhD 2017, Art History and PhD certificate in Middle East & North African Studies

Dissertation Title: "Migration Forms: Contemporary Art in and out of Morocco, 1999-2012"

Current Position: Charlotte Feng Ford '83 Curator of Contemporary Art, Smith College Museum of Art

Emma Chubb is the inaugural Charlotte Feng Ford ’83 Curator of Contemporary Art at the Smith College Museum of Art. Her dissertation examined the relationship between national identity, visual representation, minority communities, and postcolonial migration in Morocco and its diaspora. She contributes regularly to exhibitions and research projects in the MENA region, most recently at L'appartement 22 (Rabat) and Mathaf: Arab Museum of Modern Art (Doha).

See: "Emma Imbrie Chubb Named Inaugural Charlotte Feng Ford ’83 Curator of Contemporary Art" 


Mona OrabyMona Oraby

PhD 2017, Political Science and PhD certificate in Middle East & North African Studies

Dissertation Title: "The Difference that Affiliation Makes: Religious Conversion, Minorities, and the Rule of Law"

Current Position: Visiting Assistant Professor of Law, Jurisprudence, and Social Thought, Amherst College

Mona Oraby is Visiting Assistant Professor of Law, Jurisprudence, and Social Thought at Amherst College. She also serves as Managing Editor of The Immanent Frame, the Social Science Research Council's interdisciplinary forum dedicated to questions of religion, secularism, and the public sphere. Her research and teaching are in the areas of comparative law and religion, law and society, as well as global and postcolonial legal regimes. Before joining Amherst, she was the Jerome Hall Postdoctoral Fellow in the Center for Law, Society, and Culture at Indiana University Maurer School of Law.

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