About

IMG_0627Tess Waggoner is currently lives, studies, and works in Ankara, Turkey.

She spent the 2013-15 academic years serving as a Fulbright English Teaching Assistant in Kirikkale, Turkey. Before her Fulbright grant, she worked as the Program Coordinator at the Arab American Institute (AAI). She has held internships with Kesh MalekUnited Palestinian Appeal, Inc., the Unite Lebanon Youth Project, the Arab American Institute, the  Yalla Change Campaign, and the D.C. office of the Hon. Marcy Kaptur (D-OH), the longest-serving female in the House of Representatives. Tess is also an occasional contributor at AMERICAblog.

In 2013 Tess graduated magna cum laude from Kenyon College in Gambier, Ohio with a B.A. in Religious Studies and Asian Studies, a concentration in Islamic Civilization and Cultures and a minor in Philosophy. Her senior exercise, “God, Catastrophe, Land and Memory: the Palestinian Nakba” utilized field research Tess conducted in the refugee camps of Shatila and Burj al Barajneh in Lebanon; she was awarded Distinction in her degree and the Simpson Prize by the College for this research. This research has since been published in the conference proceedings of two international conferences.

At Kenyon, she served as President of the Middle East Student Association for three years, held leadership roles in College a cappella groups and ran for the varsity track and cross country teams, and was a contributor and editor for the Middle East Student Association at Kenyon, The Kenyon Observer, the College’s oldest political and cultural magazine and Project Open Voices.

The proud granddaughter of the late Maryse and Ramzy Mikhail, she also serves on the speaker selection committee for their Memorial Lecture Series at the University of Toledo. Tess is a member of AAI’s Generations program, and has held memberships in their National Policy Council as well as American-Arab Anti Discrimination Committee (ADC), the Network of Arab American Professionals (NAAP), Rotary’s youth wing (Interact), the National Forensic League and the International Thespian Society.

This website is maintained by Tess Waggoner. All opinions or positions reflected herein do not represent the views of any of her current or previous employers or associations.

3 thoughts on “About

  1. I just got done reading a great book that made me think of the work that you have been doing in Turkey: Aladdin’s Lamp, How Greek Science Came to Europe Through the Islamic World by John Freely. I think the title is somewhat self-explanatory. At the time I read in your blog about visiting Pergamum, I had just read about Galen, as you noted, coming from there. John Freely is an American physicist, who has had an amazing life, traveled extensively, especially in the Middle East, written many books, and ended up teaching the History of Science course at Bosphorus University in Istanbul. This remarkable man is spending the remaining years of his life helping his students gain a better understanding of how their ancesters preserved science and then how it was passed back to the West. You are doing a great job with your blog. It looks like you are enjoying yourself, which I recommend.
    Uncle David

  2. Hello! I have really enjoyed your blog. It’s as if I can feel your experience through the words you put on the screen. I am a US student interested in applying for the ETA Fulbright in Turkey. I would really appreciate the opportunity to get in touch with you. Thank you in advance.

  3. I am here that i dont know why i am here. Any link that taken me here, no matter, thank that matter. It’s a bright explanation of this country (Anyway, as you know we, Turks love complimants about traditions made by forigners, but this time it’s a bit different from all i swear:) ) Not thanks for the things you’d written here coz they are your thoughts i can see. But also thanks for the heartfelt feelings. Good to read , good to feel. Yours sincerely

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