She lived in central Turkey for five and a half years, spending the 2013-15 academic years as a Fulbright U.S. Student Program English Teaching Assistantship grantee in Kirikkale, Turkey.
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 Shatila and Burj al Barajneh in Lebanon; she was awarded Distinction in her degree and the Simpson Prize by the College for this research.
The proud granddaughter of the late Maryse and Ramzy Mikhail, she also serves on the steering committee for their Memorial Lecture Series at the University of Toledo. Tess is a member of the Middle East Studies Association and the Radius of Arab American Writers. She has held memberships in AAI’s National Policy Council as well as the American Anthropological Association, the American-Arab Anti Discrimination Committee (ADC), the Network of Arab American Professionals (NAAP), and the Fulbright Association, among others.
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