Katy Montoya

1st-year M.A. student
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Jones Hall

My trajectory in the Arab world started in the summer of 2013 while studying Arabic at Yarmouk University in Irbid, Jordan. I met Syrian doctors and activists working around Jordanian security restrictions to provide life-saving medical care to trauma victims brought over the border from southern Syria.

One year later, I spent a summer doing fieldwork research on the collectivization of Syrian doctors, humanitarians, and activists in northern Jordan with the support of the Institut de recherches et d’études sur le monde arabe et musulman, based in Aix-en-Provence, France.

My senior thesis was based on this fieldwork as well as on existing literature about informal or "poor people's politics" written on Iran, Jordan, and Egypt and on frameworks offered by political anthropology. I published my research in Jadaliyya, Informed Comment, and other platforms for journalism and research on the Arab World. In 2015, I received my B.A. in Political Science with a minor in Islamic Studies from Swarthmore College.

Following this, I moved to the Arab World to study Arabic full-time as a CASA fellow in Amman, Jordan from 2015 to 2016 and then to work as the Intake and Legal Information Coordinator for the International Refugee Assistance Project in Beirut, Lebanon.