Welcome Incoming MALS Student, Amira Hamouda
Amira Hamouda is entering the Master of Arts in Liberal Studies (MALS) program this fall to pursue an interest in globalization and cultural studies. A native of Tunisia with an undergraduate degree in literature, Hamouda has been teaching grammar, writing, and oral expression to freshmen at the University of Tunis for the last three years. She is a Fulbright scholar and past participant in the US–Middle East Partnership Initiative (MEPI), a State Department-sponsored leadership training program designed to foster positive change. When she was based at the University of Delaware for MEPI in 2009, Hamouda had the chance to travel up and down the East Coast. She is excited at the prospect of living in New England.
Observing the events of the Arab Spring inspired Hamouda to seek out an inter-disciplinary graduate program abroad where she could explore the many facets of reconstructing a national identity. She is intrigued by the emergence of different factions within Tunisia advocating for the establishment of a civil state versus one subject to Islamic law, and eager to delve into the question of how collective memory shifts during periods of political transition.
Whenever she is not reading or writing, Hamouda enjoys walking, jogging, and swimming. While in Hanover she plans to act as an informal ambassador for her country, perhaps by hosting special events, making presentations, or sharing her interest in nutrition and health with fellow students through meals featuring a taste of Tunisian home cooking.
by Liza Draper