Tess lived in central Turkey for five and a half years. In the 2013-15 academic years, as a Fulbright U.S. Student Program English Teaching Assistantship grantee in Kirikkale, Turkey; they later were a graduate student in the Program in Social Anthropology at Middle East Technical University in Ankara, Turkey.
The proud granddaughter of the late Maryse and Ramzy Mikhail, they serve 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 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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